Waltz: Pentagon May Have Withheld Info on Chinese Balloons From Trump for Being ‘Too Aggressive’
Rep. Mike Waltz revealed that the Pentagon may have withheld information on Chinese spy balloons from 45th President Donald Trump because they believed he was “too provocative and too aggressive.”
On Saturday, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down off the coast of South Carolina, after it had flown across the continental United States, including over sensitive military bases and nuclear missile silos in Montana.
Many Republicans, including former President Trump, had called for the suspected spy balloon, which the Chinese claimed was a civilian weather monitoring device, to be shot down, placing the blame for the Biden administration for their inaction.
Following the reports, Pentagon officials claimed without evidence that similar balloons flew over Florida and Texas during the Trump administration, with Rep. Mike Waltz confirming as such to CNN after Congress was briefed on the alleged reports.
Speaking to Stuart Varney on Fox News on Monday, Waltz claimed the Biden administration was engaging in “spin” to point out the alleged previous incidents, in order to justify “their dithering and inaction” when it came to the recent balloon.
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“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.
The Florida Representative revealed that there was speculation among former Trump administration officials that the Pentagon “deliberately” didn’t brief them about suspected Chinese spy balloons, “because they thought Trump would be too provocative and too aggressive.”
Over the weekend, President Trump claimed that the idea that Chinese spy balloons flew over America during his time in office was “fake disinformation” put out by the Biden regime, a sentiment echoed by Ric Grenell and John Ratcliffe, former National Intelligence Directors under Trump.
Biden’s DoD is shamelessly using an anonymous source to say that Chinese balloons flew over the US under Trump – and the Trump team allowed it.
It is a lie. We never heard this – ever.
Congress should demand @SecDef tell the truth. Shame on @JakeSullivan46.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 5, 2023
BREAKING: Former ODNI John Ratcliffe just denied Biden admin claims Chinese sent 3 balloons into US on Trump's watch: "I can refute it. It didn't happen." He said this was first time and "the damage is incalculable." He also suggested Biden & his nat'l security team "compromised"
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) February 5, 2023
Mark Esper, who served as Secretary of Defense from July 2019, said he was “surprised” by the idea that there were balloons previously, and couldn’t “ever recall somebody coming into [his] office or reading anything that the Chinese had a surveillance balloon above the United States.”
Waltz noted that the “one person” he’s waiting to hear from is General Mattis, who served as Secretary of Defense before Esper. The Florida Congressman claimed that the supposed balloons existed during the time period that he was in charge of Department of Defense, and not Esper. “What did he know and what did he decide to pass on and brief to the president?” Waltz said.
In later statements, an official from the Biden administration claimed that the balloons were only discovered until after President Trump had left office, but refused to say how they were found out, or when it happened. “Did the Biden administration invent a time machine?” asked John Bolton, former national security advisor.
They leaked information about Chinese spy balloons under Trump to take the heat off Biden
But they actually exposed their own Treason in doing so
Now Biden still looks feckless and weak and DoD looks corrupt
The regime continues to crumble under its own criminality
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 6, 2023
Weird, I don’t remember Gen. Mattis being on the ballot in 2016
The American People elected President Trump to determine foreign policy & command the military
But Mattis took it upon himself to protect our enemies instead of alerting the Commander in Chief about their spying
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 6, 2023
February 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm
If the above is true and Gen. Mattis did not inform President Trump of the balloons traveling over Florida and Texas, Gen. Mattis committed treason.
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February 6, 2023 at 6:40 pm
This is proof that the balloon was not “off course” like the Chinese said. They’ve been doing this purposefully and deliberately. Trump would have been the perfect president to deal with this issue. He would have put an immediate stop to it. IMPEACH BIDEN NOW.
February 6, 2023 at 7:52 pm
The demwits just continue to shoot themselves in the foot. NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING is going to surprise me anymore. Should any of this be .0001% true then I’m waiting for the chinese to actually do a “Red Dawn!”
February 7, 2023 at 10:08 am
Milley committed treason now this fool.