Marjorie Taylor Greene reverses course on spy balloons and calls for investigation

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s defense officials as she backtracks on allegations that Chinese surveillance balloons are ‘fake’.

On Monday, Greene suggested there had been a breakdown of command at the Pentagon under Trump after it was reported that three Chinese spy balloons had entered US airspace during his administration.

“If it’s true that the Pentagon deliberately did NOT inform President Trump about the Chinese spy balloons during his administration, then we had a serious breach of command during the Trump administration,” the Republican congresswoman said. tweeted. “The POTUS is the commander-in-chief. We must investigate and hold accountable those who broke ranks.”

Shortly after the Biden administration shot down the detected balloon last week, the Pentagon revealed that it was not the first Chinese object to fly over the United States in recent years. Defense officials said there had been balloons in the past, but they had not been detected because they had not flown over the continental United States for such a long duration.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene waits to speak during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on February 1, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Inset, Former President Donald Trump speaks during the annual meeting of the Committee on Republican State of New Hampshire on January 28, 2023 in Salem, New Hampshire. Greene called for an investigation into Trump’s defense officials after it was reported that three Chinese spy balloons entered US airspace during his administration without the Pentagon notifying the president.
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Just a day before calling the inquiry, Greene claimed the Pentagon’s latest revelation was ‘false’ and she accused ‘propagandists’ of fabricating reports of the discovery of surveillance balloons during the Trump presidency. .

“FALSE,” Greene tweeted Sunday, in response to the Pentagon’s confirmation that Chinese spy balloons flew over the United States during Trump’s time in office. “Here are the facts: Biden and his regime propagandists are trying to cover themselves up with incompetent fools.”

However, Greene appeared to walk back his denial after Fox News reported that at least three balloons were discovered after Trump left the White House.

“Defense officials now claim that Chinese spy balloons briefly flew over the United States during the Trump administration, but if that’s true, WHY was this just reported?” she tweeted on Monday.

Newsweek contacted Greene and the Pentagon for comment.

Trump and a number of his former top national security and defense officials have maintained that the passing of these objects “never happened.”

“China had too much respect for ‘TRUMP’ to make that happen,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday.

Slamming Greene for calling their report on Trump-era balloons “fake,” Liberal Political Action Committee (PAC) MeidasTouch noted that the Georgia Republican had previously settled a lawsuit with the company, which had earned him the payment of 10,000 dollars.

The PAC sued her in 2021 after she blocked MeidasTouch on Twitter, claiming she violated their First Amendment rights by doing so after the account posted critical remarks about her.


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