Rubio Thinks China Paraded Balloon To Show US ‘In Decline’

Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence committee, made the comment Sunday, one day after the U.S. military shot down the balloon.

  • Rubio provide his analysis on the matter on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, a busy day for the senator in which he appeared to two morning news show to talk about the China spy balloon shot down Saturday off the Carolinas after noticeably traversing the U.S. for several days.
  • The senator said China intentionally flew the balloon over the United States to send the message that America is in “decline.”
  • “They did this on purpose,” Rubio continued. “They understood that it was going to be spotted. They knew the U.S. government would have to reveal it, that people were going to see it over the sky. And the message they were trying to send is what they believe internally, and that is that the United States is a once-great superpower that’s hollowed out, it’s in decline.”
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