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False claim Biden asked Chinese president for permission to down spy balloon

Posted on AllSides February 16th, 2023
From The Left

A Feb. 4 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) purportedly explains President Joe Biden's recent decision to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon.

"The Chinese Balloon has been shot down after Biden called the Chinese President and asked for his permission to shoot it down," reads the post.

The post is from Terrence K. Williams, a comedian, but commenters took the claim seriously and reacted accordingly. It was shared more than 400 times in 10 days. 

There is no evidence Biden asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for permission to shoot down...

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