SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — President Joe Biden is making a brief, but a private visit to Central New York Saturday.
Air Force One landed at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Mattydale shortly after 11:14 a.m.
The President exited the plane with his son Hunter. Before entering the Presidential motorcade, a Presidential pool reporter shouted for a “comment on China.” The President said, “we’re gonna take care of it.”
The President’s schedule was released Saturday morning saying “the President visits a local stop at 11:30 a.m.”
Last week, President Biden’s brother-in-law, Michael Hunter of Auburn, died. Hunter was the brother of Biden’s first wife Neilia. She and their 13-month-old daughter died in a 1972 car crash in Delaware. Biden’s sons Beau Biden and Hunter Biden survived the crash.
President Biden and his son Hunter departed from Syracuse Air National Guard Base on Airforce 1 at approximately 2:20 p.m.
President Biden spoke about the downing of the Chinese spy balloon to members of the press at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Maryland after leaving Syracuse.
“When I was briefed on the balloon, I ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down as soon as possible. They decided that the best time was when it got over water. They successfully took it down. I want to complement our aviators who did it, we’ll have more in a bit,” said President Biden.