“It’s not just the balloon. It’s the message… we can do whatever we want, and America can’t stop us.”

Posted BY: Steve Watson

Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz all blasted the Biden administration Sunday over its weakness in responding to China’s brazen efforts to encroach into U.S. airspace.

“I think the only reason they shot [the balloon] down is that it made it into the news, and they felt it forced to as a matter of politics rather than national security,” Cruz told CBS News, adding “That’s a bad message for the Chinese government to hear.”

Cruz accused Biden of having “telegraphed weakness”: https://www.youtube.com/embed/dpjndyKt2bQ

Senator Cotton slammed Biden for being “paralyzed for the entire week by a balloon,” noting that “What began as spy balloon has become a trial balloon, testing President Biden’s strength and resolve. And unfortunately, the president failed that test. And that’s dangerous for the American people.”

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Cotton further criticized “the president’s reluctance to take any action that will be viewed as provocative or confrontational towards the Chinese communists,” adding “I would say what’s provocative and confrontation is sending spy balloons all across America.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/NHhAkMaU5D8

Senator Rubio declared “I think what’s embedded here is a clear message,” adding “The Chinese knew that this was going to be spotted. They knew that we were going to have to react to it. They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites across — right across the middle. I mean, look at the flight path of this thing. It’s a diagonal shot right through the middle of the continental United States.”

“And the message embedded in this to the world is, we can fly a balloon over the airspace of the United States of America, and you won’t be able to do anything about it to stop us,” Rubio further urged, noting “They calculated this carefully.”

Earlier, Senator Rand Paul slammed Biden’s “dithering” and “ineptitude” over the balloon:

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Meanwhile, the leftist media has amplified claims by Biden officials that several of the same Chinese balloons flew over the U.S. under Donald Trump’s presidency.

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed the reports Sunday.

“Do you remember during the Trump administration, when photographers on the ground and commercial airline pilots were talking about a spy balloon over the United States that people could look up and see even with the naked eye, and that a media that hated Donald Trump wasn’t reporting?” Ratcliffe noted during a Fox News interview, adding “I don’t remember that either, because it didn’t happen.”