Chinese Spy Balloon Will Be Over U.S. ‘For a Few Days’ Says Pentagon

The Defense Department says that the Chinese spy balloon floating across the U.S. will be allowed to continue uninterrupted. Amid calls to take down the aircraft, a department spokesman told reporters, “It’ll probably be over the United States for a few days.”

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State officials have not given specifics about the balloon’s whereabouts, telling reporters simply that it is traveling eastward. When questioned for more details, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said,

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is.”

He is right about that; videos of the balloon have been popping up all over the internet.

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The surveillance balloon is reportedly sailing 60,000ft in the air, high above any civilian aircraft, but is still “sizable” enough to be viewed from the ground. Ryder also said the balloon had changed course, revealing that it is maneuverable. He declined to say whether China was controlling its flight path.

News Anchor John Martin spotted the balloon above Montana on Feb 1. At the time, he had no clue what he was looking at.

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Two days later, Senator Roger Marshall reported that it had reached Nebraska.

Just hours later, the National Weather Service reported an unidentified aircraft above Kansas City, Missouri, believed to be the Chinese balloon.

Ryder said that NORAD is closely tracking the balloon and told reporters not to worry,

“we currently assess that the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground at this time.”

The spokesman said they are reluctant to shoot down the aircraft out of fears the debris may lead to casualties on the ground. When asked by a reporter if they would shoot it down if it passed over a body of water, Ryder refused to comment.

While the Chinese balloon tours the U.S. and spies on its people, Congress has started weighing in.

Lauren Boebert called out the Biden administration for allowing the balloon to violate U.S. airspace,

After calling on Joe Biden to shoot down the surveillance craft, Marjorie Taylor Greene had this to share,

And Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles offered to shoot it down himself,

China has denied any wrongdoing and says the aircraft is simply a weather balloon blown far off course. The State Department has refuted the claim.

The Biden Administration offered strong words, saying the spying on American citizens is “unacceptable” and stating it was a “matter of fact” that the Chinese had violated the sovereignty of the U.S. According to Fox News, State and Defense Department officials say they are in communication with the Chinese and have “clearly communicated that this balloon is violating U.S. airspace and international law and that this is unacceptable.”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a scheduled trip to China in light of the situation. It is unclear what, if anything, the Biden administration plans to do about the balloon.

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