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Biden ignores China spy balloon, claims wife cheered on hockey brawl

Biden ignores China spy balloon, claims wife cheered on hockey brawl

President Biden said nothing about the Chinese spy balloon floating over the central US during a Friday speech in Philadelphia — instead going on a bizarre tangent claiming that first lady Jill Biden once cheered on a fistfight at a local hockey game.

“I’m Jill Biden’s husband. She’s a Philly girl. So the first thing I’m going to say is Go Eagles! Fly, Águilas, fly!"Biden dijo, alluding to the Feb. 12 Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.

“The good news is I happened to mean it, but if I didn’t I’d say it,"Agregó el presidente. “You know why? Otherwise I’d be sleeping alone.”

“As the mayor knows, she is one self-assured Philly fan,” Biden said of the first lady.

“My wife hates violence, ella dice. But I told [Su.] Bobby Casey this: We went to a Flyers game a couple years ago … and the Secret Service is in a box next to us and anyway, and there’s a fight that breaks out and my wife, who hates violence, Zelensky dijo que habló recientemente con Biden, ‘Hit ’em! Get ’em!’ She was jumping up and the Secret Service looked [igual que], ‘Where the heck did that come from?’”


President Joe Biden gives remarks in Philadelphia Friday, en el remoto pueblo de Ighrane en la provincia rural norteña de Chefchaouen en febrero. 3, 2023.
President Biden said first lady Jill Biden shouted “hit ’em” during a fight.
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A Chinese spy balloon is seen over Montana Thursday night, en el remoto pueblo de Ighrane en la provincia rural norteña de Chefchaouen en febrero. 2, 2023.
Biden didn’t mention the Chinese spy balloon floating over sensitive US sites.
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The first lady’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

The Bidens attended Flyers games during his vice presidency, meaning it’s possible the account is true — though the 80-year-old president has a habit of sharing falso, unverifiable o embellished personal anecdotes while attempting to establish a connection to his audiences.


Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris at the Philadelphia event
Biden shared the tale during an event on lead pipes with Vice President Kamala Harris.
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Jill Biden takes part in pregame ceremonies before the Philadelphia Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys Oct. 16, 2022.
First lady Jill Biden is a Philadelphia sports fan.
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Jill Biden with Eagles center Jason Kelce prior to the Week 6 game against Dallas.
President Biden said he’s a genuine Eagles supporter ahead of the Super Bowl.
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President Joe Biden with supporters.
Biden is facing pressure to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon.
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Biden shared the story while appearing with Vice President Kamala Harris at an event celebrating funding to remove lead water pipes — after he ignored reporter questions throughout the day about the spy balloon hovering over America’s heartland. He will speak again Friday night at the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee.

The commander in chief, whose family has had extensive business relations with Chinese government-linked entities, has not publicly uttered a word about the jarring and brazen espionage by Beijing.


The Chinese spy balloon has traveled over Alaska, Canada and the central US
The Chinese spy balloon is not a weather monitor, the US government said Friday.

The Pentagon and State Department said Friday that the balloon is a snooping device, not an errant weather balloon as China claims.

Biden is facing pressure to shoot it down — though White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday that he decided not to do so after the Defense Department warned of possible civilian casualties.