Former President Donald Trump and five senior officials from his administration fought against anonymous claims from the Biden Pentagon that Chinese spy balloons “transited above the United States three times” during the Trump presidency.
During a DOD press briefing this past weekend, a senior defense official anonymously stated, “The PRC [People’s Republic of China] government surveillance balloons transited the continental United States briefly at least three times during the prior administration, and once that we know of at the beginning of this administration, but never for this duration of time.”
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“I don’t ever recall somebody coming into my office or reading anything that the Chinese had a surveillance balloon above the United States,” Trump’s second Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, told CNN in an interview.
“I would remember that, for sure. My focus was on implementing the national defense strategy to take on the Chinese as the greatest strategic threat facing our country. So I was keen on everything Chinese. We set up a red cell within the Pentagon to deal with it. We reoriented the military’s doctrine in how we train and fight, all those things focused on the Chinese. So I would be curious as to why Chinese surveillance balloons were overflying the United States. So that would have caught my attention for sure. I don’t recall it ever happening.”
Trump hit back against the allegations this past weekend, slamming the Biden administration as “grossly incompetent” on his Truth Social account:
“The Chinese Balloon situation is a disgrace, just like the Afghanistan horror show, and everything else surrounding the grossly incompetent Biden Administration,” Trump said.
“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!”
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