U.S. officials believe the unidentified flying objects (UFOs) which have been seen all across Canada and the United States over the past few days are actually just all balloons, expressed the top Democrat in the Senate as of this past Sunday morning.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explained to George Stephanopoulos, with ABC News, that he had discussed the ongoing situation with Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor, this past Saturday evening.
“They believe they were, yes,” Schumer stated to the anchor known to host “This Week” when asked to confirm whether the objects which had been shot down over Canada and Alaska were balloons.
“I think the Chinese were humiliated. I think the Chinese were caught lying, and it’s a real step back for them…they look really bad,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tells @GStephanopoulos about the Chinese balloon surveillance program. https://t.co/eS3P8M0epS pic.twitter.com/GrR27nUY3d
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Schumer went on to add that these objects had been “much smaller” than the balloon which had been taken down just off the coast of South Carolina late last weekend, and were flying at an altitude that was significantly lower at about 40,000 ft, which marked them as dangerous to commercial aircraft.
As salvage operations are already underway, Schumer explained that both U.S. military and intelligence officials are focused on gathering and then accumulating additional information. The senator explained that a “comprehensive analysis” would soon be made public.
Schumer also claimed that the United States only recently found out about these flying objects. “Until a few months ago we didn’t know about these balloons,” he stated.
Another UFO seemed to have been found in the air over Montana late Saturday evening.
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected and announced what has been labeled as a “radar anomaly,” which ended up sparking a temporary flight restriction across the central part of the state. However, a fighter aircraft sent to patrol the area “did not identify any object to correlate” the radar anomaly, and the restrictions were lifted, stated NORAD.
The only UFO that the U.S. military has publicly identified is the one taken down off the coast of South Carolina this past weekend.
As reported by various U.S. officials, the vessel was actually a Chinese spy balloon that flew at a high altitude — well away from commercial aircraft — over a large area of the United States. China has stated that airship had actually just been a weather balloon that had been blown well off course.
Public officials in China stated that they witnessed a UFO just off the coast of a port city, explained a state-run newspaper on Sunday. “Local maritime authorities in East China’s Shandong Province announced on Sunday that they had spotted an unidentified flying object in waters near the coastal city of Rizhao in the province and were preparing to shoot it down, reminding fishermen to be safe via messages,” stated a social media post from the Global Times.