The shocking presence of a Chinese spy balloon in the skies over the continental United States along with the even more shocking response from the White House, which hasn’t acted to eliminate the threat, has resulted in strong criticism of President Joe Biden’s mystifying inaction toward a hostile nation’s incursion into American airspace.
Biden’s refusal to order that the foreign object be blown out of the sky has drawn outrage from Republicans over the dangerous message that the lack of a forceful reaction sends to the nation’s adversaries at a time of war and great international peril. And it serves as a stark contrast of leadership styles between the 80-year-old career politician and former President Donald J. Trump who wouldn’t hesitate for a New York second to act in the decisive manner required by the gravity of the situation.
One prominent Republican who served under Trump, Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director and secretary of state, said that if his ex-boss was sitting in the Oval Office instead of Biden, that the communist Chinese aerial vehicle wouldn’t have been allowed to traverse the skies over the U.S. where it is likely mining valuable intelligence as tensions between China and the western world mount over Taiwan and President Xi Jinping’s support of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Pompeo appeared on Fox News where he discussed the unprecedented threat to national security with host Sean Hannity on Friday’s edition of “Hannity” before a live studio audience.
(Video: Fox News)
Asked for his expert opinion on Biden’s “nonchalant” response to China’s provocation and how he and Trump would have reacted, Pompeo responded, guaranteeing “that balloon would still not be flying if we were still there.”
“This is embarrassing. More important than that, it is dangerous,” he added. “I don’t know what they’re collecting, it is certainly not a surveillance tool, or a weather tool, if it’s a weather tool we should go grab it and make sure, offer to give it back to them so that they can know what the weather’s gonna be like,” he added, rebutting Beijing’s claim that it is merely a weather balloon that blew off course.
“The truth is we need to figure out what’s in there, we should then share that with the American people,” Pompeo added. “The most transparent administration in history should be transparent,” as he suggested that western technology may be being used by the spy balloon.
Meanwhile, the former president took to Truth Social on Friday to offer his foreign policy recommendation to the Biden regime.
“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” Trump wrote.
(Image: Screengrab/Truth Social)
Pompeo’s former boss also blasted the oppressive communist regime and vowed that if he returns to the White House after the 2024 election, there will be hell to pay for Chinese spies in a short but forceful video statement blasting the Biden administration for ending his program to combat Chinese espionage because it was racist.
“As President, I took the most dramatic action of any administration to curtail China’s ability to conduct espionage in the United States — and when I’m back in the White House, those efforts will be expanded in a very, very big way. Instead of hunting down Republicans, a reformed FBI and Justice Department will be hunting down Chinese spies!” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
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