Former national security adviser John Bolton on Monday accused the Biden administration of âcovering its posteriorâ with the shootdowns of three unidentified aerial objects since Friday.
Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush administration, told NBCâs Kristen Welker on âMeet the Press NOWâ Monday that he believed âmodifications to the technical aspects of surveillanceâ might be contributing to the unprecedented number of shootdowns in recent days.
But he also argued that the Biden administration seems to be making policy on what to do with objects entering US airspace âas it goes along.â
âWell, I’ve had some experience with confusion, disarray, and disorder in the White House. And what I sense here is confusion, disarray and disorder,â Bolton told Welker.
âBut honestly a good part of this I think has come from the administration, trying to make it up as it goes along, covering its posterior as we say, and making initial assessments on the Chinese balloon in particular that turned out to be incorrect,â he argued.
The downing of the three mysterious objects come after a Chinese spy balloon was allowed to hover over the US for days until it was shot down off the coast of South Carolina by a US fighter jet.
Last week, President Biden downplayed the spy balloonâs intrusions into US airspace as ânot a major breachâ and said he didnât regret waiting for it to get over water before ordering the shootdown.
Bolton also blasted the Biden administrationâs claim that Trump officials were unaware of threatening objects entering US airspace.
âI think that’s another political shot,â Bolton said of the accusations.
âThe administration has now changed its story on precisely that point multiple times. First, they said it happened, but it wasn’t detected. Then they said it happened, but it was assessed to be a weather phenomenon. Those are all things that go on at the NORAD level, perfectly understandably, and if there were failures then indeed they were failures that occurred that were not reported up,â he said.
Bolton added, âEvery senior Trump administration national security official has said they know nothing about it. So I think this idea that we can try and blame it on the prior administration is just not correct. We were never confronted, at least I’m not aware of it, with a decision – what do you do about a balloon that’s coming toward the coast of Alaska?â
The Biden administration plans to brief former Trump administration officials in the coming days on the previous suspected balloon incursions, and Bolton said Monday that he plans to attend the briefing.
âWell, they contacted me last week and I’m scheduled to have a briefing on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to it. I have even more questions now than when they first got in touch with me,â Bolton said, adding that he doesnât know who will be giving the briefing and whether any other officials from the previous administration will be there.
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