A report which was made public this past Sunday has unveiled at least two separate incidents of China making use of spy balloons to sly out over or around the U.S. states over the past few years.
“A Chinese spy balloon crashed into the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii four months ago,” stated a report from Lucas Tomlinson, a Fox News correspondent. “Fox News has also learned at least one Chinese spy balloon flew over portions of Texas and Florida during the Trump administration.”
EXCLUSIVE: A Chinese spy balloon crashed into the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii four months ago, U.S. officials say.
Fox News has also learned at least one Chinese spy balloon flew over portions of Texas and Florida during the Trump administration.
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 5, 2023
Tomlinson stated while speaking on “Fox News Sunday” that the alleged Chinese spy balloon which crossed over the U.S. while it was under the previous administration was “never previously acknowledged publicly.”
Former President Donald Trump spoke out about the report by stating that it was not at all true, labeling the announcement as extreme “disinformation.”
A fairly large number of former trump administration officials responded to the report by stating that they were not actually briefed at all regarding a Chinese spy balloon that had been flying out over the U.S.
John Ratcliffe, who was formerly the Director of National Intelligence, stated during a segment of Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the report was not at all true.
A number of other top Trump administration officials who chose to either deny that it took place at all or stated that they had not been made aware of it taking place include former national security adviser John Bolton, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, and former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
This news report took place after the U.S. military utilized an F-22 Raptor this past Saturday in order to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Caroline utilizing a single air-to-air A9X sidewinder missile that was shot off at an altitude of just about 58,000 feet. The choice to take down the spy balloon with military force took place in the wake of President Joe Biden allowing it to complete its trip where it flew thousands of miles over the continental U.S. during the last several days.