Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines has accused the Biden administration of dodging questions regarding the Chinese spy balloon that was detected hovering over Montana in early February.
The balloon traversed nearly the entire continental United States before the Biden administration decided to shoot it down in South Carolina.
Reports this week revealed that the vessel had collected intelligence from several sensitive American military sites, primarily electronic signals that can come from weapons systems or base personnel communications. Beijing received the information in real-time.
Despite Senator Daines’s 10 questions for the Biden administration, which include why the balloon was allowed to enter U.S. airspace, how close it got to Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base and missile silos, and what other sensitive national security and military sites it flew over, the administration has refused to answer them.
Senator Daines has accused the Biden administration of being more interested in covering up the truth than leveling with the American people, admitting where mistakes were made, and working to ensure it never happens again.
Following the spy balloon fiasco, Senator Daines introduced a bill to require a gap analysis of NORAD capabilities. The analysis would analyze whether there are any missing components necessary to identify potential threats from foreign aerial objects entering U.S. airspace.
He has accused the Biden administration of being more interested in covering up the truth than ensuring that mistakes like this never happen again.