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(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday insisted that Joe Biden isn’t “Afraid of anything” when asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy why he’s “Afraid of China.”

Jean-Pierre also brought up Biden’s recent visit to Ukraine in an attempt to back up her assertion. After being called on by Jean-Pierre, Doocy asked, “Why is President Biden afraid of China?”

“The President is not afraid of China,” Jean-Pierre shot back as Doocy interjected “Well.” Jean-Pierre ignored him, however, and asked, “Did you see the President last week when we went to Ukraine, went to Kiev?”

Jean-Pierre continued, “Look, this is not a president that’s afraid of anything. It was a historic trip that many of you said was brave. So clearly, this is a president who is not afraid to go to a war zone. He’s not afraid to go there when there’s no military presence on the ground. So there’s nothing that this president fears.”

Doocy wasn’t convinced as he pointed out, “China flew a spy craft over the U.S., the president didn’t really do anything to China, and according to the FBI director, China may have created something that has killed more than 1.1 million people in this country and President Biden is not punishing them.”

Jean-Pierre collected her thoughts and told Doocy, “So you’re giving me two things here, so let’s take them in part.”

“As we talk about the China surveillance balloon, the president did take that down and he did it in a way that as it was on its path, we collected information from it, we protected our national security information on the ground, and we did it in a way that was smart, effective, and also protected the American people, that’s what the president is always going to put froth, is the safety of the American people,” Jean-Pierre insisted.

Jean-Pierre addressed the “COVID origins” question by telling Doocy that they were still working on collecting “the data” in order to “get to the bottom” of the situation.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden walked away from reporters Thursday after he tried to take questions but became visibly overwhelmed.

Biden was providing an update on the recent action taken by the U.S. government to shoot down several objects that were flying over the continental United States just days after a Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted over Montana and other states. Biden has received criticism for his handling of the situation, with some saying he waited too long to down the initial balloon.

Biden doubled down on his defense, saying that he “gave the order to shoot it down as soon as it would be safe to do so.”

“It was the size of multiple school busses and it posed a risk to people on the ground … Instead we tracked it closely, we analyzed its capabilities and we learned more about how it operates,” Biden said. “And because we knew its path, we were able to protect sensitive sites against collection. We waited until it was safely over water which would not only protect civilians but also enable us to recover substantial components for further analytics.”

“We shot it down sending a clear message, a clear message — the violation of our sovereignty is unacceptable. We’ll act to protect our country and we did,” Biden added.

Reporters then tried to ask Biden questions, with Biden initially appearing willing to answer some, looking around the room as reporters shouted over one another.

“Sir, there’s been criticism that this was, criticism that this was,” one reporter was heard shouting while another was heard asking whether Biden was “compromised by your family’s business relationships.”

“Give me a break man,” Biden said.

“There’s been criticism that this was an overreaction done because of political pressure,” a reporter was heard asking again.

“You can come to my office and ask the question, we have more polite people,” Biden said before turning away from the podium and leaving despite hoards of reporters shouting questions.

(RepublicanWire.org) – NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers issued a warning to former president Bill Clinton and other friends of the disgraced Jeffrey Epstein on The Pat McAfee Show. Rodgers talked about the crazy worldwide events we have seen lately.

He said: “There’s been a lot of disclosure recently. There’s a lot of old papers and files and different things about interactions that Navy pilots have had, especially Navy pilots, I believe, with Unidentified Flying Objects, so this is not surprising.

“Obviously, there was some sort of Chinese spy balloon that was up in the air, allegedly. And there’s been a few other objects that have been shot down. I believe that this been going on for a long time.

“Interesting timing on everything; there’s a lot of other things going on in the world.

“There’s some wild sh*t going on right now, Aaron,” McAfee said.

Rodgers said:

“Did you hear about the Epstein client list about to be released, too?

“There’s some files that have some names on it that might be getting released pretty soon.

“You know, Ghislaine Maxwell was the only person ever convicted of trafficking.

“And nobody who was involved in the trafficking ever went to jail, so, nothing to see here.”

McAfee joked, “no, nothing. ‘Look, there’s UFOs flying over; we just shot them down.’”

“Johnny Depp trial.” Rodgers said.

“That’s what you’re saying, obviously,” McAfee said.

“There’s a lot going on,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot going on.”

A judge ordered some documents unsealed in a lawsuit against Ghislaine maxwell that will include one ‘public’ figure being named and shamed.

No one knows who it is but Bill Clinton is certainly worried.

(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled to accurately describe NORAD and mispronounced the word “Canada” during an interview with MSNBC on Sunday.

Jean-Pierre joined network host Jonathan Capehart to discuss objects the military continues to shoot down over North America.

Four such objects have been taken out of the sky since a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down just off the South Carolina coast.

Saturday, a U.S. military F-22 fighter downed what was described as a cylindrical object in Canadian airspace, Reuters reported.

The object was targeted after it was identified by NORAD.

During an awkward segment, Jean-Pierre struggled to adequately describe NORAD, which is tasked with protecting the skies over both Canada and the U.S. as part of a joint organization between both countries.

Capehart, for his part, was seemingly unaware as to why a U.S. jet operated outside of the country’s borders.

“Why is the American military shooting something out of the sky over Canada?” he asked.

“Because it’s part of, uh, NORAD,” Jean-Pierre responded. “There’s — uh — the NORAD is part of like a — part of — It’s a, it’s a, what you call a coalition — a consortium. A pact.”

Jean-Pierre went on to explain U.S. military leadership had not made a rogue decision to take action against an object in another country. In doing so, she bungled the name of the country’s neighbor to the north.

“We did it … clearly in step with Canadia,” she explained.

NORAD was founded during the Cold War and is headquartered near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“On May 12, 1958, the agreement between the Canadian and U.S. governments that established NORAD was formalized,” the organization said on its website.

The agreement has been renewed numerous times, most recently in 2006.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Biden administration knew about the Chinese spy balloon sailing over the U.S. earlier than when it became widely known but kept quiet so as to not disrupt Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to China, according to a Friday report. 

Bloomberg News reported that U.S. officials were “well aware” that the balloon had crossed into American airspace on January 28 and that it was over Idaho on Tuesday, but decided to not inform the public to not upend Blinken’s diplomatic trip to China. 

White House officials who spoke with Bloomberg told the outlet that they knew the balloon was over Montana on Wednesday, and that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told President Joe Biden that shooting down the balloon could pose a threat to civilians. 

The report added that the White House wanted to be careful because relations with China could be a big issue in the 2024 elections and that it was “baffled” by China’s claim to not know what was going on with the balloon. 

Bloomberg noted that the Biden administration only decided to inform the public after the Billings Gazette published a picture of the balloon, which “forced Biden’s hand.” 

In the end, Biden’s efforts to conceal information about the balloon to save Blinken’s China trip failed. On Friday, Blinken said his team concluded “conditions were not conducive” for him to continue with a planned visit to China this weekend.

The secretary also said he conveyed it was an “irresponsible act and that the PRC’s decision to take this action on the eve of my planned visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions we were prepared to have.”

In addition, Blinken said he told his counterpart that the United States “remains committed to diplomatic engagement with China” and that he plans to visit Beijing in the future “when conditions allow.”