‘This Should Be Our Sputnik Moment’ – Lawmaker Slams Biden After China Tests Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missile
By Fox News // October 19, 2021
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(FOX NEWS) – Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., slammed the Biden administration saying, “this should be our Sputnik moment” after China reportedly tested a hypersonic missile with nuclear capabilities. Gallagher discussed the issue on “Fox & Friends First” on Tuesday warning the United States will quickly fall behind Chinese defense advancements if the Biden administration does not change its course.
“We really need a wake-up call, this should be our Sputnik moment,” Gallagher warned. “But I hate to say it, Secretary Austin and the Biden administration are trying to cut defense. They’re trying to cut our conventional capability.”
“That’s what their budget did, particularly for the Navy. That’s unacceptable at a time when Communist China is growing more aggressive, more bellicose and out-innovating us in certain areas.”
Over the weekend, reports surfaced suggesting China tested a hypersonic missile back in August, an announcement which has remained largely unaddressed by the Biden White House. The announcement allegedly surprised U.S. officials despite consistent warnings Beijing is reportedly in the process of building around 100 nuclear missile silos.
“You have a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew into low orbit space before landing,” Gallagher explained. “What makes that so dangerous is not only the speed at which these missiles travel, but the fact that they can maneuver mid-flight.”
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