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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks on U.S. Response to Aerial Objects  CSPAN  February 16, 2023 11:57pm-12:10am EST

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military response to aerial objects found within u.s. airspace. he also discussed engaging with china and strengthening government to wide capabilities to make sure the u.s. is positioned to deal with aerial objects in the future. president biden: good afternoon. last week in the aftermath and the incursion by chinese high altitude balloon, our military through norad, scrutinized a airspace including enhancing our radar to pick up more slow-moving objects above our country. . in doing so they attract three eyed identified objects, one in alaska, canada and lake huron in the midwest.
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at the recommendation i gave the order to take down the objects due to hazards to civilian air traffic and because we cannot rule out sensitive facilities. we acted in consultation with the canadian government. i spoke with prime minister trudeau, on saturday. we acted out of an abundance of caution and an opportunity that allowed us to take down these objects safely our military and the canadian military
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i want to be clear, we don't have any evidence that there has
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been a sudden increase in the number of objects in the sky. we're now just seeing more of them, partially because the steps we've taken to increase our radars -- to narrow our radars. and we have to keep adapting our approach to delaying -- to dealing with these challenges. that's why i've directed my team to come back to me with sharper rules for how we will deal with these unidentified objects moving forward, distinguishing between those that are likely to pose safety and security risks that necessitate action and those that do not. but make no mistake, if any object presents a threat to the safety and security of the american people, i will take it down. i'll be sharing with congress these classified policy parameters when they're completed, and they'll remain classified so we don't give our roadmap to our enemies to try to evade our defenses. going forward, these parameters will guide what actions we will take while responding to unmanned and unidentified aerial objects. we're going to keep adapting them as the challenges evolve, if it evolves. in addition, we've derived i've
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directly my national security advisor to lead a government-wide effort to make sure we are positioned to deal safely and effectively with the objects in our airspace. first, we will establish a better inventory of unmanned airborne objects in space above the united states' airspace and make sure that inventory is accessible and up to date. second, we'll implement further measures to improve our capacity to detect unmanned objects in our airspace. third, we'll update the rules and regulations for launching and maintaining unmanned objects in the skies above the united states of america. and fourth, my secretary of state will lead an effort to help establish a global -- a common global norms in this largely unregulated space. these steps will lead to safer and more secure skies for our air travelers, our military, our scientists, and for people on the ground as well. that's my job as your president and commander-in-chief. as the events of the previous days have shown, we'll always act to protect the interest of
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the american people and the security of the american people. since i came into office, we've developed the ability to identify, track, and study high-altitude surveillance balloons connected with the chinese military. when one of these high-altitude surveillance balloons entered our airspace over the continental united states earlier in the month, i gave the order to shoot it down as soon as it would be safe to do so. the military advised against shooting it down over land because of the sheer size of it. it was the size of multiple school busses, and it posed a risk to people on the ground if it was shot down where people lived. instead, we tracked it closely, we analyzed its capabilities, and we learned more about how it operates. 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 -- for
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further analytics. and then we shot it down, sending a clear message clear message, the violation of our sovereignty is unacceptable. we will act to protect our country, and we did. now, this past friday, we put restrictions on six firms that directly support the people's republic liberation army the people's -- the people's liberation army aerospace program that includes airships and balloons, denying them access to u.s. technology. we briefed our diplomatic partners and our allies around the world, and we know about china's program and where their balloons have flown. some of them have also raised their concerns directly with china. our experts have lifted components of the chinese balloon's payload off the ocean floor. we're analyzing them as i speak, and what we learn will strengthen our capabilities. now, we'll also continue to engage with china, as we have throughout the past two weeks.
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as i've said since the beginning of my administration, we seek competition, not conflict, with china. we're not looking for a new cold war. but i make no apologize, i make no apologies, and we will compete. and we'll be -- we'll responsibly manage that competition so that it doesn't veer into conflict. this episode underscores the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between our diplomats and our military professionals. our diplomats will be engaging further, and i will remain in communication with president xi. i'm grateful for the work over the last several weeks of our intelligence, diplomatic, and military professionals who have proved once again to be the most capable in the world. and i want to thank you all. now, look, the other thing i want to point is that we are going to keep our allies and the congress contemporaneously informed of all we know and all we learn. and i expect to be speaking with president xi, and i hope we have
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a -- we are going to get to the bottom of this. but i make no apologies for taking down that balloon. thank you very much. >> sir, there's been criticism. the president: give me a break, man. (laughs.) (inaudible.) >> what is your message? >> mr. president. >> all of this week beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern c-span is featuring encore presentations
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