Biden knew about Chinese spy balloon a week ago but hoped no one else would notice
Bloomberg is now reporting that the Biden administration knew about the Chinese spy balloon last week and didn't report it to the American people because of a planned trip to China by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (which has now been postponed).
Biden and team knew about the balloon on Saturday, January 28, but did not report it until the Billings Gazette published an article about it with a photo on Thursday, February 2.
By then, Biden and team were trying to decide whether to shoot the balloon down. They decided not to do so until it flew over water on Saturday because they didn't want debris to damage anything or hurt anyone.
The balloon flew between 60,000 and 110,000 feet over Montana, parts of Canada, Idaho, and then worked its way eastward until it exited over North Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean.
Balloon shot down
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the balloon was safely shot down six miles off North Carolina's coast, and the DOD expects to be able to recover the debris easily because it was a shallow area.
Intelligence agencies were able to study the balloon while it was in the air and get data from it, an official said.
The balloon was not a military threat to the U.S. but was not supposed to be in U.S. airspace.
China is claiming it was a runaway weather balloon, but the U.S. says it was definitely a surveillance balloon, based on information they were able to gather while it was in the air.
The administration is also claiming that Chinese balloons traveled over U.S. airspace briefly at least three times while former President Donald Trump was in office.
The Chinese are condemning the U.S.'s action to shoot down the balloon. Were they really thinking we would just let them spy on us and not do anything about it?
Biden reportedly wanted to shoot it down right away on Wednesday (which was the right answer), but was advised to wait until it did not pose a risk to anyone on the ground.
Now he looks weak for letting it fly all the way across the U.S. and directly over some of our missile sites, and trying to keep it a secret for as long as possible.
Who's in charge?
His capitulation to his underlings begs the question, who is really in charge of the country?
Obviously, the answer is not Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.