The president said the three objects shot down after the military’s take-down of the Chinese spy balloon is most likely from private entities and not believed to be related to China or other surveillance operations.
The intelligence committee is still assessing the three unknown aerial objects, President Biden said during a press briefing on Thursday.
“I gave the order to take down these objects, and couldn’t rule out the risk of surveillance,” Biden said.
Fighter jets shot down at least four aerial objects, including a Chinese spy balloon that flew across country from Alaska to South Carolina. Three more objects of unknown origins were shot down over the U.S. and Canada in recent days.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself announced on Twitter when the object was taken down.
“I ordered the take down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace,” Trudeau tweeted on Feb. 11.
“@NoradCommand shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled, and a U.S. F-22 successfully fired at the object.”
The U.S. is in the process of recovering pieces of the Chinese balloon, officials said.
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