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US fighter jets intercept civil aircraft approaching Biden's residence

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden
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6:44 AM EDT, October 29, 2023

On Saturday, US fighter jets were rapidly mobilized to intercept a civil aircraft that had ventured too close to President Joe Biden's residence in Wilmington, Delaware, according to Politico.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Head of Communications for the US Secret Service, stated that the civilian aircraft had encroached on restricted airspace just after 2 p.m. Following this, the plane safely made its way to a nearby airport.

"As a safety measure, forces were summoned to intercept the aircraft, which subsequently landed without any issues at a nearby airport. The incident did not disturb the ongoing activities of the protected individual, and agents are currently conducting an investigation alongside the Federal Aviation Administration," Guglielmi added.

This event transpired in Wilmington, Delaware, where President Biden typically spends his weekends. According to Fox News, the President was present at the residence at the time of the incident. However, it did not interfere with his subsequent plans. Later in the evening, Biden went to a local church.

The day prior, President Biden was at the White House, where he received China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, as National Security Council spokesman John Kirby reported. Kirby emphasized that this nearly hour-long meeting represented a "positive step forward" in maintaining open lines of communication with Beijing.

Biden also took the opportunity to express concern over the increasing number of dangerous maneuvers by the Chinese military in the South China Sea region, including a recent incident involving the interception of an American bomber by a Chinese fighter jet. During this incident, the Chinese aircraft came dangerously close to colliding with the US plane.

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