(CBRief) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was torched on Monday after she struggled mightily to answer questions about reports that there had been Chinese spy balloons during the Trump administration, yet no one from the administration was ever informed.

During the White House press briefing, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre, “How is it possible that this administration discovered at least three previous balloons that flew over the U.S. under the previous administration, but Trump officials didn’t know it was happening?”

Jean-Pierre’s response set off a frenzy of reactions.

“Yeah, so, look, I think that — and we have talked about this before, about how the — when it — when the PRC government surveillance balloons transited the continental U.S. briefly at least three times, as you just mentioned, during the President’s — the prior administration and once that we know of the beginning of this administration’s,” she said. “But never for this duration of time, as we know.”

Many conservatives on social media torched KJP for her response.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted, “What a load of crap.”

“It’s so cringe to watch her lie, deflect, mumble, stumble, make it up as she goes along and ignore adult questions,” public relations specialist Cheryl Riley tweeted,

Independent Women’s Forum fellow Erin Perrine slammed the spokeswoman for not appearing prepared for the question.

“KJP does a disservice when she does not prep on simple questions like this. It has been news today that Trump admin officials were on the record saying these types of Chinese balloons did not happen then,” she tweeted. “Seriously folks. Not hard to guess what questions might come up. Prep.”

Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted, “They’re making this up to somehow make Biden’s disastrous and embarrassing response better. It’s pathetic and dangerous.”