A low-flying Russian spy plane was seen cruising over parts of D.C. and Bedminster, New Jersey where the president is currently vacationing at his golf course.However, it seems there’s no need to panic, as the flight was actually approved.
According to Fox News:A low-flying Russian spy plane was spotted Wednesday over parts of Washington, D.C., and Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump is vacationing at his Trump National Golf Course — but the flight had been approved under a long-standing global treaty, officials said.
The Russian spy plane, Tupolev Tu-154M, flew near the golf resort at 4,000 feet, and then climbed to 5,000 feet before flying into New York airspace, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.
One of the officials said the Russian jet flew through the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) airspace that was established around the golf club.The plane was permitted to fly through the TFR under the Open Skies Treaty, which allows unarmed observation flights over the entire territory of all 34 member nations, of which Russia and the U.S. are both signatories.
“There would have been action taken if the Russians were not allowed to be there,” said one official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media.
The Russian plane did not fly over the U.S. Capitol, but its flight was monitored by several government agencies along with Capitol police officers.Interestingly, the treaty that allows such a flight requires that all countries involved make their territory available for observation from the air. Russia, however, has placed restrictions on being able to surveil both Moscow and Chechnya.
As you may remember, then-President Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney during the presidential election of 2012 for stating that Russia was a huge geopolitical threat.
If recent times are any indication, it certainly seems the man has been vindicated.Due to the weak leadership of the former president, many nations like North Korea and Russia have seized an opportunity to gain power and flex muscle on the world stage.
America will have to take some tough stances to regain our former standing in the eyes of other nations, which is hopefully something Trump can deliver during his administration.