MTG demands probe over why former President Trump was apparently not informed of previous Chinese balloons over the US
By Mia Jankowicz,
Marjorie Taylor Greene called for a probe into why Trump wasn't informed about spy balloons.
Three Chinese surveillance balloons entered US air space during his presidency, officials said.
But it only became clear what they were after Trump left office, per multiple reports.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for a probe into why former President Donald Trump was seemingly not informed about Chinese surveillance balloons that officials said passed over the US during his administration.
"If it's true the Pentagon purposely did NOT tell President Trump of Chinese Spy Balloons during his administration then we had a serious breach in command during the Trump admin," she wrote on Twitter .
"The POTUS is the Commander in Chief. We must investigate and hold accountable those who broke rank," she wrote.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Insider's out-of-hours request for comment.
But a senior defense official announced on Saturday that four previous Chinese surveillance balloons had been seen — one at the beginning of the Biden administration and three during Trump's term. All were much shorter incursions than in the most recent instance, they said.
Trump called accounts of earlier balloons "disinformation" on Sunday, telling Fox News : "It never happened with us under the Trump administration, and if it did, we would have shot it down immediately."
While Greene now suggests that the Pentagon withheld information from Trump, both official and unofficial reports point to the conclusion that the balloons simply weren't identified as such during his presidency.
It remains unclear how the Biden administration learned about the previous balloons. An unnamed senior administration official said that the fact that they took much shorter flights may have made it harder to detect them immediately, according to The Wall Street Journal .
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