President Joe Biden is facing intense political battles on multiple fronts, and he continues to fail on some of the most impactful issues to Americans. That wasn't lost on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), who hit the president with an uppercut of an accusation.
During a Sunday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Nation, Rubio held nothing back as he accused the sitting president of "dereliction of duty."
Rubio's criticism came on the heels of the Biden administration's humiliating and dangerous debacle involving letting a sophisticated, powerful Chinese surveillance balloon traverse the entirety of the United States before finally shooting it down over the ocean when it was no longer a threat.
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The Biden administration was well aware that a giant, advanced CCP military spy balloon was over the contiguous United States and failed to inform the American public.
It was reported that the White House didn't want to upset its friends in communist China ahead of a scheduled, presumably luxurious visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken -- a trip that was canceled anyway.
It was finally the good people of Montana who noticed something strange in the sky and figured someone ought to tell somebody about it.
"Your colleague and friend Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina accused President Biden of — quote – ‘dereliction of duty’ by allowing the Chinese spy balloon to fly across the U.S. That’s a pretty strong accusation. Do you agree with it?" Tapper asked of Rubio.
The Florida senator laid out the shady truth as to why he believes the White House sat on the information for several days.
Rubio responded: "Well, I think the dereliction of duty begins with this," he said. "Why not, on Tuesday or Wednesday — you know people are going to see this. At some point, you’re going to have to disclose it. And they probably didn’t want to, because they didn’t want to have their hand forced on canceling this Blinken visit. And so they didn’t — so they didn’t want to have to talk about it."
The Florida Republican added:
“But why didn’t the president go on television? He has the ability to convene the country in cameras, and basically explain what we’re dealing with here and why he’s made the decisions he’s making and what they intend to do. I don’t understand, once they went public with it, knowing the amount of interest this was going to generate, presidents have the ability to go before camera, go before the nation and basically explain these things early on."
He went on to state that at the very least, the public needs to be aware of policies regarding such incursions of sovereign U.S. airspace.
"I mean, these are questions the White House needs to answer. And I don’t think these are partisan claims I’m making. I think there would be a broad agreement that we need to know moving forward what our policy is going to be with regards to this."
The White House truly botched this one, big time, and put the country at risk to boot. There's no telling what was beamed back to communist HQ while the Biden administration let the balloon float across 4,000 square miles of U.S. land. What a shame.