Marsha Blackburn Dismisses China’s ‘Weather’ Balloon Excuse: ‘It Is All Called SPYING’

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on September 21, 2021. - The hearing is titled Big Data, Big Questions: Implications for Competition and Consumers. (Photo by Ting Shen / POOL / AFP) …
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is not buying China’s latest excuse for the alleged spy balloon hovering over the northern portion of the U.S., suggesting that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is simply lying and using it to spy on the nation.

The U.S. military confirmed this week it was tracking what it believes is a Chinese spy balloon hovering over the northern portion of the country. Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder described it as a “high-altitude surveillance balloon” which he claimed does not pose a threat to the U.S. However, he said the U.S. could continue to monitor it. 

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The Pentagon would not confirm that the balloon in the photo was the surveillance balloon. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

The Biden administration’s action — or lack thereof — has prompted outrage from several U.S. lawmakers, some of whom have called to shoot down the balloon completely. 

Shoot. It. Down. The Chinese spy balloon is clear provocation. In Montana we do not bow. We shoot it down. Take the shot,” Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) said on social media, later adding, “I’d pull the trigger if they let me”:

Former President Donald Trump also called to “SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” 

While China’s Foreign Ministry feigned ignorance in regard to the alleged spy balloon, it later admitted knowledge of the balloon, calling it a “civilian airship” which veered off course, gathering meteorological data. 

Blackburn is not buying it. 

“The CCP spy balloon is as much about weather as the Confucius Institutes are about education,” she said.  “It is all called SPYING”:

“If you had any doubts of the length the CCP will go to spy on you, you have proof in the sky over Montana,” she added:

On Thursday night, Blackburn asked why the Biden administration has refused to shoot the balloon down.

“The Chinese Communist Party is a threat to our existence,” she added:

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Nin provided little details about the balloon, claiming that the CCP “always act[s] in accordance with international law.”

“We have no intention to violate the territory or airspace of any sovereign country,” she added, expressing hope that “both sides can handle the matter together in a cool-headed and prudent manner.”

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday morning said it regretted “the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.”

It remains unclear how the Biden administration will handle the alleged spy balloon from here, but Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly canceled his scheduled trip to China, according to reports.

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