Last week a Communist Chinese spy balloon overflew some of America’s most sensitive military installations, and it wasn’t until public pressure mounted that President Joe Biden
acknowledged the unprecedented Red Chinese spy flights and eventually had the Air Force shootdown the balloon and its payload of spy gear.
The contrast between Joe Biden’s passive response to the Chinese Communist spying and the tough posture former President Donald Trump took toward the hostile actions of Red China could not have been greater, and the former President, and members of his administration, were quick to say if Trump was still in the White House the Communists wouldn’t have dared to try such a thing.
So, it was a huge surprise (but maybe it shouldn’t have been) when “anonymous sources” at the Pentagon spoke-up to derail the “Joe Biden is soft on Red China” narrative with claims that not one, but THREE Red Chinese spy balloons overflew the United States while Trump was President.
These claims sparked outraged denials from Trump and senior members of his national security staff, such as former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, who tweeted:
But the story took an even more bizarre turn when the Gateway Pundit broke a story quoting Rep. Michael Waltz as saying the Pentagon told HIM about Red Chinese spy balloons overflying the United States, but the military chiefs didn’t tell President Trump or his senior staff.
As The Gateway Pundit wrote:
Rep Waltz says current Pentagon officials briefed him over the weekend and said Chinese spy balloons crossed over Texas and Florida during the Trump years.
Waltz then dropped this bomb. Rep. Waltz said that General Mattis was Secretary of Defense at the time and decided not to inform President Trump because the Pentagon thought Trump was “too provocative and aggressive!”
Waltz, who represents Florida’s military-heavy 6th congressional district, has a distinguished military and civilian national security record and is not exactly the kind of guy who can be B.S.ed by some Pentagon flacks trying to cover for Biden.
So, what really happened?
According to reporting by the Daily Mail, the Pentagon claimed on Saturday that three such balloons flew over parts of the U.S. when Donald Trump was president. They were not detected until President Joe Biden took office, an unnamed senior Defense official is quoted as saying.
The Defense Department later said that “Chinese balloons briefly transited the continental United States at least three times during the prior administration.”
And on Sunday, Fox News reported that at least one balloon flew over parts of Texas and Florida while Trump was in office.
However, former President Trump. former Defense Secretary Mike Esper, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former NSC Adviser John Bolton, former NSC Adviser Robert O’Brien, former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grinnell and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe say they never heard of any intrusion into US airspace by Chinese balloons.
But, years after the fact the Biden Pentagon “detected” the Trump era balloons.
President Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who famously clashed with Trump during his White House tenure, was quick to call B.S. on the story of the post-election “detections.”
“Well, if it wasn't detected when it happened, how did we detect it more recently? Did the Biden administration invent a time machine?” Bolton asked on CNN’s “This Morning.”
“What is the basis of this new detection? Now, I understand the administration has offered to brief former national security officials from the Trump administration.”
“As far as I know, every Trump administration official who has been asked, has said they didn't know anything about it,” Bolton said of the three balloons.
“I will say this, if there was any actual knowledge that these balloons were over the United States and higher authority wasn't told, that's a serious problem.”
A serious problem indeed, with some longtime Mattis critics calling it treason.
So, did Mattis withhold information from his Commander-in-Chief or is this Democrat operatives at the Pentagon trying to derail the “Biden is weak on Red China” narrative?
It seems clear to us that if Mattis did withhold information about Red Chinese overflights of the United States it is a serious violation of his responsibilities as Secretary of Defense and the principle of civilian control of the military. There’s only one way to get to the bottom of this – call General Mattis in to testify under oath before a congressional hearing.
The Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121 we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative, tell them you want prompt congressional oversight hearings on Red Chinese espionage in the United States and a thorough investigation into the Pentagon’s alleged failure to inform then-President Trump and senior administration and congressional officials about previous Red Chinese balloon overflights.
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