The Biden administration has offered to brief former Trump administration officials on the three Chinese spy balloon flights over the United States that they claim they do not know about.
The Biden administration is willing to brief former Trump officials on newly discovered intelligence that China sent spy balloons into US airspace during their time in charge.
This information was discovered after the previous administration left. The intelligence community is ready to brief key officials from the Trump administration. [China’s] monitoring program,” said one of the officials. The official, along with many others, asked not to be named in order to discuss sensitive information.
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Trump claims that the three Chinese spy balloon flights never happened during his presidency, but the fact that they did. The entire Trump administration was so clueless they never knew about it, a damning revelation for both Trump and congressional Republicans who hoped to create a Chinese spy balloon scandal to use against Biden.
As Sarah Jones writes, claiming that Trump didn’t know about the flights isn’t the jailbreak ticket some Republicans hope it will be.
The Biden administration knew about Chinese espionage and did something about it. The Trump administration was not aware of this and thus allowed the intrusion of US airspace without objection.
Trump officials should take the Biden White House up on their offer, and learn how they got it wrong with the Chinese spy balloon problem.