The suspected Chinese spy balloon traveling over the U.S. has drifted out of Montana, crossed over several states — including Kansas — and is now reportedly flying over Missouri.
Senator Roger Marshall (R.Kansas) confirmed Friday’s midmorning that the balloon crossed into Kansas airspace.
“I can confirm the Chinese spy ballon is over NE KS,”Marshall stated. “My staff is in contact with law enforcement officials. I condemn any attempts the Chinese make to spy on Americans. President Biden must protect the sovereignty of the U.S. whether it’s our airspace or the southern border.”
Kansas City’s National Weather Service, Missouri stated in a statement that a large balloon crossed into the northwestern Missouri.
“We have had several reports across northwest MO of a large balloon visible on the horizon,”The statement included photographs. “It is now visible from our office in Pleasant Hill and the KC Metro. We have confirmed that it is not an NWS weather balloon.”
There have been several reports from northwest MO about a large balloon seen at the horizon. You can see it from Pleasant Hill as well as the KC Metro. It isn’t an NWS weather balloon, we have confirmed. pic.twitter.com/CKQWOw7God
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) February 3, 2023
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (Republican) responded via Twitter to the incursion into Missouri’s airspace. “SHOOT IT DOWN.”
Senator Eric Schmitt, R-MO), also called for urgent action in order to combat the Chinese threat.
“I know I was just named to the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday but I’m going to go out on a limb and say we shouldn’t have a Chinese spy balloon floating over the United States of America,” Schmitt said. “Take it down.”
U.S. Department of Defense Friday revealed that the Chinese spy satellite is capable of maneuvering and changing direction at approximately 60,000 feet.
“We know that balloon has violated US airspace and international law — which is unacceptable. And we’ve conveyed this directly to the PRC on multiple levels,”He told reporters Friday. “The fact is, we know that it’s a surveillance balloon, and I’m not going to be able to be more specific than that.”
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