3 Chinese balloons flew over US during Trump presidency

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The former president never got the chance to shoot down the balloons because the intel took weeks to confirm. Read more at straitstimes.com.

WASHINGTON – Chinese surveillance balloons flew over the continental United States at least three times during the Trump years, according to a senior administration official, but key details about the incursions were not widely known until after Mr Joe Biden took office.

Former president Donald Trump and some senior officials who worked for him have denied knowing that Chinese airships entered US airspace on their watch. While some members of the Trump administration eventually realised that the unidentified objects were Chinese spy vessels, those intelligence conclusions often took weeks – particularly because the balloons included jamming systems to hide their true intent, Trump-era officials said.

In an interview Sunday with Fox News, Mr Trump accused his successor of claiming Chinese overflights took place during his tenure because “they look so bad”.The three incidents – and a fourth earlier in the Biden administration – were described by the administration official as brief, unlike the

 

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