An aircraft entered restricted air space over President Donald Trump’s rally in Bullhead City, Arizona on Wednesday, leading to a fighter jet being scrambled to intercept it. The smaller aircraft was not visible to CNN reporters on the ground in Arizona but the fighter jet could be heard overhead, leading to a reaction from the rally crowd and the President himself. Trump, apparently caught off-guard by jet above, said that the plane was “about four days old” and touted his funding for the military.
“I love that sound, I love it,” Trump said at the sound of aircraft engines. “You don’t know what I went through to get those suckers up there — I had to get that money from the Democrats.” He said the jet was “trying to show off” for him and called the flares being deployed “a little display” for the President. The crowd cheered loudly as the jet could be heard overhead, with chants of “U-S-A” and one man yelling, “That’s the sound of freedom!”
A U.S. fighter jet intercepted a general aviation aircraft that entered restricted airspace near President Trump’s rally in Arizona earlier, according to NORAD, which says the aircraft “established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 28, 2020
F-16 Fighter Jet Fires Flares at Unauthorized Aircraft Near Trump Rally https://t.co/9Kge3v2pKR
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) October 28, 2020
BREAKING – F-16 jets intercepted an aircraft flying near one of President Trump’s rallies in Arizona today, deploying flares in order to get the civilian aircraft to depart the restricted airspace (NORAD) pic.twitter.com/FBWHxNImtq
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) October 28, 2020