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The U.S. military finally shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, after it had been allowed to travel all across the United States, in what many are saying was a threat to U.S. national security.
News of the balloon was first made public on Thursday, when it was spotted flying over Montana.
However, a report by Bloomberg Friday night confirms that the Biden administration already knew about the balloon at least a week ago, and had kept it quiet, so as not to cause any conflict with China just before Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned trip to visit Chinese President Xi Jinping.
This account of how a balloon burst diplomacy just as Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to travel to China and meet with President Xi Jinping is based on conversations with several officials briefed on the matter who asked to stay anonymous to discuss intelligence matters.
As it turns out, US authorities were well aware of the unidentified object that had entered American airspace on Jan. 28, that had then left and re-entered over North Idaho on Tuesday. But with such a high-profile trip at stake, keeping it on the down-low was key.
By the time the thing became visible in Montana, President Joe Biden had already been briefed and the White House was scrambling to decide whether to blast it from the sky.
The gravity of the situation was only exacerbated by Montana being home to Malmstrom Air Force Base, which houses a large portion of the US’s Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Bloomberg reported that the Biden administration was trying to “exercise extreme caution” ahead of the 2024 elections.
On Wednesday, the day before the news broke of the balloon’s presence over Montana, Biden’s national security team had briefed him about the balloon, and Biden had reportedly urged them to shoot it down.
However, “Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley insisted that such a move would put civilians at risk,” Bloomberg wrote. The article reads:
The president ultimately decided to let the balloon continue on its way as the US sought answers from the Chinese embassy in Washington, but they struggled to obtain satisfactory responses. US officials said they were baffled by China, which itself appeared to be caught off-guard by the bizarre incident.
The White House had chosen not to inform the American public, but that plan was soon foiled by a local Montana newspaper, the Billings Gazette, who published a photo of the balloon on Thursday afternoon.
The White House then had to scramble to brief lawmakers. Bloomberg writes:
In an effort to keep things calm, administration officials stressed this was not the first such incident and that similar activities had been observed over the past several years, including during the prior administration.
However, the backlash against the Biden administration became fierce, and Blinken was forced to cancel his trip to China.
China then released a statement on Friday expressing their “regret” and claiming the balloon was simply for “climate research” and had accidentally veered off course.
The balloon was allowed to continue its journey across the entire United States by the Biden administration, before they finally allowed U.S. military jets to blow it out of the sky Saturday afternoon.
Sen. Josh Hawley commented on Bloomberg’s report Saturday morning, tweeting, “So they tried to hide it.”
So they tried to hide it https://t.co/1EpSmaf5ao
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 4, 2023
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Saturday morning in response to Bloomberg’s report, “NEW: Bloomberg reports the Biden admin was first aware the Chinese spy balloon entered U.S. airspace one week ago on 1/28, and had opted not to inform the American public about it until the Billings Gazette published a photo of the balloon on Thursday.”
DMLNewsApp and TeamDML.com founder Dennis Michael Lynch tweeted, “So they take it down AFTER it crosses American soil, take photos and videos, and then sends it back to China. So the Chinese have what they want because Joe gave it to them.”
So they take it down AFTER it crosses American soil, take photos and videos, and then sends it back to China. So the Chinese have what they want because Joe gave it to them. #Balloon https://t.co/C0Fou3rg8N
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) February 4, 2023
In another tweet, DML wrote, “Problem is the photos and videos are already captured. #China keeps getting away with lots of bad actor behavior under this administration. I wonder why (cough, cough).”
Problem is the photos and videos are already captured. #China keeps getting away with lots of bad actor behavior under this administration. I wonder why (cough, cough). #ChinaSpyBalloon https://t.co/iinOSxbGnX
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) February 4, 2023
The House Judiciary GOP tweeted after the balloon was taken down, “Joe Biden knew the Chinese spy balloon was coming. Tried to hide it from the American people. Let it fly across the ENTIRE COUNTRY. And only after the entire country begged him to act, our great military shot it down. Embarrassing. Scary. Sad.”
Joe Biden knew the Chinese spy balloon was coming.
Tried to hide it from the American people.
Let it fly across the ENTIRE COUNTRY.
And only after the entire country begged him to act, our great military shot it down.
Embarrassing. Scary. Sad.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) February 4, 2023
Paul Sperry of Real Clear Investigations tweeted, “BREAKING: The Pentagon briefed Biden last Saturday that the Chinese had violated our airspace with a spy craft, but Biden waited until Wednesday to order the Pentagon to shoot it down, and the Pentagon waited until Saturday to follow his order.”
BREAKING: The Pentagon briefed Biden last Saturday that the Chinese had violated our airspace with a spy craft, but Biden waited until Wednesday to order the Pentagon to shoot it down, and the Pentagon waited until Saturday to follow his order
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) February 4, 2023
Tommy Pigott of RNC Research tweeted, “So according to Bloomberg, Biden’s “plan” was cover up that they knew the CCP balloon was coming and hope no one noticed it as it flew over the country, all so it wouldn’t affect Blinken’s meeting with Chinese officials. Seriously. That was their plan.”
So according to Bloomberg, Biden’s “plan” was cover up that they knew the CCP balloon was coming and hope no one noticed it as it flew over the country, all so it wouldn’t affect Blinken’s meeting with Chinese officials.
Seriously. That was their plan. https://t.co/x5HlbP8no7
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) February 4, 2023
New York Post writer Miranda Devin blasted Biden, tweeting, “The dithering and dissembling of the Biden administration over the Chinese surveillance balloon is reminiscent of the dithering and dissembling over the botched Afghan withdrawal. It’s at these times you need a commander in chief who is on the ball and a VP who isn’t an idiot.”
The dithering and dissembling of the Biden administration over the Chinese surveillance balloon is reminiscent of the dithering and dissembling over the botched Afghan withdrawal. It’s at these times you need a commander in chief who is on the ball and a VP who isn’t an idiot https://t.co/YGlWhRaSdo
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) February 4, 2023
Why did Joe Biden allow the CCP Spy Balloon to spy on America before giving the order to shoot it down? The Biden Administration and the U.S. Military owe the American people answers.
— Charles R Downs (@TheCharlesDowns) February 4, 2023
Fox News host Laura Ingraham wrote, “For Biden it’s all about preserving a partnership with China; trip only cancelled bc of 2024 politics.”
For Biden it’s all about preserving a partnership with China; trip only cancelled bc of 2024 politics.
“The Biden admin knew it had to exercise extreme caution especially in what was a heated political environment ahead of 2024 elections….” https://t.co/sCL8IsRrvg
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 4, 2023
This balloon has been in our airspace for days so cut the crap!
FEB 2 Thursday – spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days
All air traffic was halted at MT’s Billings Logan International Airport from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wedshttps://t.co/4XSmCo8uSf
Postponement of trip ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/TBSANH3M9V
— Joni Job (@jj_talking) February 3, 2023
BREAKING: US downs Chinese balloon over ocean, moves to recover debris [VIDEO] #ChineseSpyBalloon
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MUST-SEE: Twitter explodes with mockery and memes over Chinese spy balloon flying across U.S.https://t.co/uNrRd2I4BJ
— DMLNewsApp (@DMLNewsApp) February 4, 2023
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So the American People got F’d again by Biden. Lucky us. What a disgusting disgraceful azzhole. How much more are we the 🇺🇸 Going to take?
“ Biden’s “plan” was cover up that they knew the CCP balloon was coming….so it wouldn’t affect A. Blinken’s meeting with Chinese officials. Seriously. That was their plan.”
DID HE SAY ABE LINCOLN???
We are all witnessing a corrupt and compromised Joe Biden, allowing the Chinese to put our security and well-being in danger. There were possibly 81 million stupid voting Americans that believe this hair sniffing scumbag was the best thing since sliced bread.
There’s no way in hell 81 million people voted for this asshole in charge!
We all know joe didn’t win the election. SCOTUS would not hear the findings as they didn’t want to set precedent. He was installed. He truly is a low life scumbag dumb ass along with the entire biden family. This maggot continues this charade day after day and gets away with it and puts America at risk. Now china has 4-5 more days of information. Doesn’t matter that the balloon was shot down over the water, china has more than they need. The information the balloon collected has already been accessed by the commie bastards. They had that info almost immediately with the technology in the balloon computers. That technology is probably what they have already pirated and stolen from the US. The commie bastards are liars, thugs, drug pushers and counterfeiters. They would steal the clothing off a dead person.
Un-f’ing believable! What’s POS running and ruining our country!
LET’S not forget that FJB’S China buddies are also Mitch McConnell buddies too. Why is he still the senate minority leader????
So this “puddin’” of an administration will hide a threat to the US people because they are self servicing hypocrites that would rather make sure they get their “vacay” before keeping us Americans safe?!?!?
I guar-an-damn-tee you President Trump would have never just let it go.
The Biden’s are about as corrupt as it gets.
I sure miss having a REAL dedicated President who cared for the American people. Instead we have a puddin’ pop president. Lyin’ Biden
Shooting it down was called “operation Fang Fang”
Another distraction from the real issues, but IS one of the issues regarding China. We’re barreling down on Biden’s family criminal behavior over the past years so we will pay for it with turmoil after turmoil that will end in deaths if necessary st the hands of Biden and ilk. Every action taken to handle the situations created by this admin. only confirms what we expected all along of Biden’s dislike of America. Biden does nothing or blatantly avoids the issue.
It’s all about elections, money or power…not to serve or protect.
What do you say… burn up the phone lines to our governors senators and representatives and demand him removed not in 2024 and no later than 1 week to get this freak out of the presidency NOW
We are far better without him and his so called military.
We don’t need a presidency like this. Pull the plug on all of them… we can defend ourselves.
BURN THOSE PHONE LINES UP EVERYBODY CALL THEM EVERYDAY AT LEAST 5 times or more a day.
May GOD HAVE MERCY ON OUR COUNTRY.
COME TO OUR RESCUE HEAVENLY FATHER.
SAVE US… PLEASE DEAR GOD HEAR OUR CRY.
Man is out to destroy us HEAVENLY FATHER
Ok soooooooo the “weather balloon “ crossed into the US left then came back & milley said it was to risky to shoot down?? The same milley who called China and told him he would call them if President Trump was going to bomb them? Hmmmmm. Crock of bull crap. This administration is disgusting 🤮 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 & they have de⚽️ the military.
America, is this how you want our national security to be handled?
You can vote red all you want, as long as the rinos and demorats are allowed to cheat then nothing will change
Milley and Austin are Chinese spies.
Bullshit they let the spy balloon fly over our military bases to collect information because Biden has sold out the American people to the CCP
So…worrying more about 2024 relection than national security should tell u all u need to know