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Report: WH knew about the Chinese spy balloon a week ago but opted to hope nobody would notice it

Bloomberg News is reporting that the U.S. government was aware of the Chinese spy balloon approaching the country a week ago but decided to just hope nobody would notice it. The reported reason the Biden administration didn’t want to make it public was because a “high-profile trip” (SoS Blinken’s now-postponed trip to Beijing) was at stake:


From Bloomberg:

As it turns out, US authorities were well aware of the unidentified object that had entered American airspace on Jan. 28, that had then left and re-entered over North Idaho on Tuesday. But with such a high-profile trip at stake, keeping it on the down-low was key.

By the time the thing became visible in Montana, President Joe Biden had already been briefed and the White House was scrambling to decide whether to blast it from the sky.

The gravity of the situation was only exacerbated by Montana being home to Malmstrom Air Force Base, which houses a large portion of the US’s Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles.
For now, the White House opted not to inform the American public. Events, however, soon forced Biden’s hand.

The “events” that forced Biden’s hand started when a Montana newspaper noticed the balloon and published a photo.



See “banning gas stoves” for another example of that.

The answer likely is “a lot of stuff.”

Currently the Chinese spy balloon has been spotted moving east over North Carolina.



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