Former President Donald Trump has called for the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over Montana. The Pentagon is tracking the balloon and believes it belongs to China. President Joe Biden was advised against shooting down the balloon due to the risk of falling debris to people on the ground. The Chinese Foreign Ministry claims it is a civilian airship that had deviated from its course.
Republicans have criticized Biden for not taking a tougher stance, while a number of US nuclear weapons silos in Montana have sparked speculation they could be the target of the balloon. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to visit Beijing over the weekend.