Donald Trump Responds To Chinese Balloon Claims

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia CommonsGage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Donald Trump has refuted the recent claims that suspected Chinese surveillance balloons had also flown over the United States during his administration. In his comments on Truth Social, he called these claims “fake disinformation.”

Last week, the President Joe Biden administration shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon close to South Carolina. China has denounced the White House’s move and has maintained that the “airship” was only used to collect meteorological research data. They had also previously claimed that the balloon had only accidentally moved away from its preset path.

This week, reports emerged about similar Chinese surveillance balloons which had reportedly reached the United States during the Trump administration. Trump was quick to refute this, telling Fox News Digital that it “never happened.” He also claimed separately that these reports only came out because the Democrats were trying to take some of the heat off of themselves.

Finally, in his first Truth Social post Trump claimed that during his administration, China had respected him too much to have allowed such surveillance equipment from entering the United States.

Craig Singleton, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, claimed on Saturday when speaking to AP that over the past five years, there have been multiple sightings of Chinese surveillance systems going over the Pacific.

According to Fox News, the Biden Administration recently offered to brief Trump officials on the Chinese aircraft in question. In response, former Sec. of State Pompeo, who served in the Trump administration, insisted that during his time serving in office, he had never heard of such incidents taking place.

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