After it became apparent that Joe Biden once again failed to meet the challenge as the Chinese spy balloon sailed over the entire country, then fake news media and a staffer in the Biden administration made the claim that the Trump administration allowed three balloons to sail over this country. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe rejected the claim that Chinese balloons sailed over this country during Trump’a time in the Oval Office.
The suspected Chinese balloon that traversed across the lower 48 states created the biggest risk to this country since the Cuban missile crisis. We have no idea how much damage has been done after the balloon traveled over up to two dozen high-value targets. Anchor Maria Bartiromo then asked Ratcliffe about the claim by the Department of Defense (DOD) that three spy balloons sailed over the country during the Trump administration. He claimed it never happened and that no one ever told him about the flyovers.
One of two things happened here. Ether the DOD lied to the media or what would be much worse is that the DOD did know about the balloons and hid them from the president and all of his appointees. If that were the case, those responsible should be tried for treason for allowing the balloons to cross our country unabated. The problem is that the DOD is part of the weaponized government of Joe Biden. The DOD either has to produce evidence of encroachments under Trump or admit they lied to the press.
Trump himself issued a denial on his social media platform:
“The Chinese Balloon situation is a disgrace, just like the Afghanistan horror show, and everything else surrounding the grossly incompetent Biden Administration. They are only good at cheating in elections, and disinformation — and now they are putting out that a Balloon was put up by China during the Trump Administration, in order to take the ‘heat’ off the slow moving Biden fools. China had too much respect for ‘TRUMP’ for this to have happened, and it NEVER did. JUST FAKE DISINFORMATION!”
The U.S. government first publicly acknowledged a suspected reconnaissance balloon on Thursday as it was spotted over Billings, Montana, near a military base that houses 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles after it traveled above the Aleutian Islands and through Canada.
While China’s government claimed the balloon was a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological purposes” and essentially got blown off course, the Pentagon rejected that explanation on Friday, calling it a “maneuverable” surveillance balloon. The Pentagon also expressed concern that shooting the balloon down over land could create a debris field that would endanger people below.
The balloon was destroyed off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, a moment caught on video. An F-22 Raptor shot down the balloon with one air-to-air A9X sidewinder missile, according to a senior U.S. military official. The Pentagon said a recovery operation would follow. China’s foreign ministry responded by condemning the United States for “an excessive reaction that seriously violates international convention” and warned that Beijing “retains the right to respond further.”
Ratcliffe, a former U.S. congressman who served as the nation’s spy chief from May 2020 until the end of Trump’s administration in January 2021. He called it an “incredibly successful intelligence operation” for China. And indeed it was. Other countries such as Iran, Russia, and North Korea, are happy about the successful mission because the findings will be shared with China-friendly countries.