ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Following the takedown of the Chinese spy balloon that hovered over the United States for days, U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt released the following statement:

“This Chinese spy balloon was in U.S. airspace for days, traveling over thousands of miles across our country. Before it was taken down, it hovered over our military assets and installations, including Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, which houses critical military infrastructure like the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The takedown was way too late, and the damage has clearly been done. Why wasn’t it taken down in sparsely populated areas of Alaska or Montana?” said Senator Eric Schmitt. “In addition to likely gathering intel, China was clearly testing Biden on his response to this intrusion into American airspace and his decision making in general, and he failed miserably for our adversaries to see. Last night I called for an investigation, and I will continue to push for more information – the American people deserve answers.”