Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) shot down China on Sunday after the US shot down a suspected spy balloon, saying the Chinese were “humiliated” and “caught lying” after the incident.
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“I think the Chinese were humiliated,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think the Chinese were caught lying. I think it’s a real step back for them.”
Schumer revealed that U.S. officials believe the objects shot down over U.S. and Canadian territory in recent days were also balloons as officials continue to address the fallout from the suspected Chinese balloon shot down off the coast of South America. Carolina earlier this month.
An object was shot down Friday after traveling through Alaskan airspace and landing in US waters. The second object was shot down by a US fighter jet over Canadian territory, following orders from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Schumer also suggested that the Chinese may have to do away with their balloon program due to the trials of the past week.
“I think they should probably get rid of it or do something,” Schumer said. “Because they look really bad.”
Schumer added that the balloons have not been isolated to North America, saying such objects likely “have been all over the world.”
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“They’re not just doing the United States,” Schumer said. “This is a crew of balloons. We saw one in South America.”