In yet another unsettling twist in the ongoing saga of Biden’s unsecured America, a Chinese spy balloon has been spotted in U.S. airspace, multiple sources have reported.
According to a report from Fox News, the Chinese balloon craft was spotted this week, with the Pentagon announcing that it was tracking its progress. Per the outlet, the Chinese Communist government said that the craft was indeed Chinese and claimed that it had blown off course.
“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” Trump stated simply on Truth Social on Friday.
Conservatives across social media echoed the president’s sentiment, unsettled by the Chinese government’s craft hovering above American soil.
“I’m told there’s a balloon that needs to be taken care of?” Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake commented on Twitter. She attached a picture of herself kneeling in an open field with a rifle in tow.
According to CBS, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley reportedly recommended against taking action to bring down the balloon because of the danger of debris hitting the ground and harming civilians.
Social media users on Thursday night began circulating videos and photos of the Chinese balloon as it drifted across open skies. Rep. Lauren Beoebert, R-Colo., remarked, “US officials have admitted that they were monitoring the Chinese spy balloon since it flew over the Aleutian Islands. So, we didn’t shoot the balloon down over water and instead let it enter our continental airspace?”
Per Fox News, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to make a trip to Beijing this weekend to meet with President Xi, but his visit has been canceled in light of the appearance of the Chinese spy balloon, which has continued to pass over the continental U.S.
On Friday morning, a spokesperson for the Pentagon told the press, “We acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information, and I will just leave it at that.”