U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) just revealed that President Joe Biden and his administration knew about China's spy balloon "way before" the balloon actually reached America.
Cuellar did so during an appearance Friday on the Fox News Channel's Your World.
There has been some ambiguity from the Biden administration about when exactly the U.S. government learned about the Chinese spy balloon. Questions have been raised about whether the balloon was able to make it to U.S. airspace without being noticed by the U.S. military.
Cuellar was asked to respond to such questions during his Fox appearance.
During his appearance, Cuellar indicated that, based on what he knows about the workings of the government, the U.S. military knew about the Chinese spy balloon "way before" it entered U.S. airspace.
"But I would say that, in this case, they certainly — and even on the first one — they knew it beforehand," Cuellar said.
Cuellar, here, was distinguishing between the Chinese spy balloon that recently floated across the U.S. and the object that the U.S. military shot down near Alaska on Friday. There will be more on this in a moment.
But, Cuellar continued by saying, "It doesn’t just appear at the Alaskan coast."
"We’re able to track those things way before they come over to the U.S. border, in this case, the Alaskan border," Cuellar added. "In this case, it was at 40,000 feet - I think that’s what has been estimated - and when you’re talking about 40,000, that puts it in a very different area when you talk about airspace."
On Friday, the Biden administration revealed that it had shot down an "object" flying over the territorial waters of the Alaska region.
National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby held a White House press briefing on the matter.
There, Kirby revealed:
I can confirm that the Department of Defense was tracking a high altitude object over Alaska airspace in the last 24 hours. The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight. Out of an abundance of caution and the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to down the object. And they did. And it came in inside our territorial waters
At the time of this writing, reports had yet to indicate what the object was and where it came from.
Given the recent spy balloon situation, many believe that the origin is, once again, China. But, this has yet to be confirmed.