by Chris Pandolfo
Biden speaks briefly about Chinese spy balloon US officials have said committed an 'unacceptable' violation of American sovereignty
WHERE IS THE CHINESE SPY BALLOON NOW? AIRSHIP SPOTTED FLYING OVER NORTH CAROLINA
Photos shared Friday evening by the National Weather Service in Kansas City, Missouri, showed what appeared to be the balloon, which was first reported to be hovering over Montana, visible from its office in Pleasant Hill that appeared to be headed southeast. "We have confirmed that it is not an NWS weather balloon," NWS Kansas City said.
The Pentagon announced that the U.S. was tracking the balloon as it made its way across the U.S. on Thursday, when it was hovering over Montana.
CHINESE SPY BALLOON POSES ‘NO IMMINENT DANGER,’ TOP FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEMOCRAT SAYS
Senior State and Defense Department officials have called the balloon's presence in U.S. airspace an "unacceptable" violation of United States Sovereignty. Secretary of State Antony Blinken indefinitely postponed a trip to China to meet President Xi Jinping in these circumstances.
Republicans, including Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, have demanded that Biden shoot the balloon down and accused the president of being weak towards China.
Several U.S. officials have cautioned that the balloon is flying at 60,000 ft., is roughly the size of three greyhound buses and is carrying heavy surveillance equipment – they say shooting it down could cause American civilian casualties on the ground.
Biden was briefed on the situation earlier this week and asked for military options to deal with the balloon. He may order the balloon shot down once it becomes safe to do so.
Fox News' Kyle Morris contributed to this report.
Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.
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