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SHOOT IT DOWN! Chinese Spy Balloon Spotted over Montana

The U.S. is tracking a high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, the Associated Press reported.

Should the United States shoot down the Chinese spy balloon hovering over Montana?

“So why hasn’t the Air Force shot down the balloon,” asked national radio host Todd Starnes. “Well, if it flies over the Southern states I have no doubt we’ll be more than happy to take out the Chinese invaders.”

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) also wondered why the Pentagon hasn’t intervened.

“Biden should shoot down the Chinese spy balloon immediately,” she wrote on Twitter. “President Trump would have never tolerated this. President Trump would have never tolerated many things happening to America.”

Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a briefing on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental U.S.

The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government to include Norad, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information,” Ryder told Fox News.

A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. One of the places the balloon was spotted was Montana, which is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.

The Pentagon announcement comes days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to China. It’s not clear if this will affect his travel plans, which the State Department has not formally announced.

“Secretary Blinken should cancel his trip to China. And President Biden must answer why he has not secured U.S. airspace,” Sen. Tom Cotton said in a statement.

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