On Monday, John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, gave an update on the Chinese spy balloons that have been shot down.
Despite taking credit for safeguarding our nation’s border, Biden was nowhere to be found during these unprecedented events.
Kirby panned away from certain questions and tried to blame Trump by saying “[The Chinese balloon program] was operating during the previous administration, but they [the Trump administration] did not detect it, we detected it. We tracked it.”
No evidence has been provided that these balloons existed let alone flew over the U.S. during Trump’s presidency.
Biden has not addressed the American people and has nothing scheduled for the entire day, sespite the US military shooting down multiple objects over US airspace. In the last few days, four objects have been shot down.
Kirby even claimed the American people don’t need to “look any further” and should trust the transparency of the U.S. government.
John Kirby shredded any ounce of integrity he had left in just a few seconds….pic.twitter.com/0lO5lFncH2
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) February 13, 2023
Reporter grills Kirby on Biden's failure to secure the border at any altitude.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 13, 2023
KIRBY: "[Chinese balloon program] was operating during the previous administration, but they did not detect it, we detected it. We tracked it." pic.twitter.com/ynZGvGcTyr
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 13, 2023
On Monday during an interview with Fox Business Network, Republican Rep. Mike Waltz suggested that the Pentagon and General James Mattis refused to tell then-President Donald Trump about Chinese spy balloons because they were worried his reaction would be too strong.
“My office has been briefed by the office of the Secretary of Defense of the current Pentagon that it happened over Florida, it happened over Texas, and that it’s happened before,” he said during the interview.
“We have more detailed questions but what is unclear, Stuart, at this point is, did the Pentagon under the Trump Administration brief the Trump White House and give them the option to take action or did they decide not to brief them for whatever reason?” Waltz asked.
“And there is some speculation, I talked to Trump administration officials over the weekend, that the Pentagon deliberately did it because they thought Trump would be too provocative and too aggressive,” he continued.
“So that’s what we need to get to the bottom of and one person that I’m waiting to hear from that we haven’t heard from that list is former Secretary of Defense, General Mattis who was the secretary during this time period,” Waltz said. “What did he know and what did he decide to pass on and brief to the president.”
During a speech in Vero Beach, Florida later on Monday, Mattis claimed he had no knowledge of Chinese spy balloons under his watch.
“I don’t mean to make light of it. But don’t worry that it suddenly was able to find things out that satellites up in lower orbit weren’t spotting already,” Mattis said.
“You’ve gotta wonder was it stupidity or the left hand not knowing what the right hand were doing,” Mattis continued. “Why did the Chinese have time to do it. I’m going to tell frankly young guys who want to make 4-star general… bucket of rocks. But in this case, I would still say it’s serious.”
“And that I wouldn’t get overly worried about it. But there are some questions that we all as Americans need answers to. Did it really happen during past administrations?” Mattis asked. “Because there isn’t anybody from the past administration who is aware of it. I’m not for the first two years of that administration.”