As the nation continues to deconstruct the bizarre, late response that the Biden administration has had to a Chinese spy balloon that traveled nearly the full width of our nation before being incapacitated, news of similar incidents having occurred during the Trump administration are coming to light.
But here’s the strange part: It appears as though the Department of Defense arbitrarily decided to not inform then Commander-in-Chief Trump of this national security incursion, fearing his reaction.
Republican Florida Representative Mike Waltz revealed the following information during an appearance on Fox Business on Monday morning:
“My office has been briefed by the office of the Secretary of Defense of the current Pentagon that it happened over Florida, it happened over Texas, and that it’s happened before. We have more detailed questions but what is unclear, Stuart, at this point is, did the Pentagon under the Trump Administration brief the Trump White House and give them the option to take action or did they decide not to brief them for whatever reason?”
It gets worse:
“And there is some speculation, I talked to Trump administration officials over the weekend, that the Pentagon deliberately did it because they thought Trump would be too provocative and too aggressive. So that’s what we need to get to the bottom of and one person that I’m waiting to hear from that we haven’t heard from that list is former Secretary of Defense, General Mattis who was the secretary during this time period. What did he know and what did he decide to pass on and brief to the president.”
Video of the comments can be seen below:
If the DOD did purposefully insulate the Commander in Chief from the decision-making process in this instance, it would not only create new concerns about their adherence to the chain of command, but it would also reinvigorate speculation about how Trump’s presidency was curtailed by shadowy allegiances within the federal apparatus.
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