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Biden says he wanted balloon shot down ASAP

United States President Joe Biden on Saturday said he ordered the Pentagon to shoot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon "as soon as possible."

"They decided, without doing damage to anyone on the ground, they decided that the best time to do that was as it got over water ... within a 12-mile limit," Biden said, adding that he ordered for the likely spy device to be taken down as soon as the "safest place to do it" is found.

According to CNN, the balloon was originally spotted on Wednesday over Billings, Montana, and was ultimately shot down once it drifted off the East Coast.

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