United States president Donald Trump plans to give a closer look into intelligence reports in the country about the existence of UFOs, he said in a recent interview.
A question about the US Department of Defense’s announcement that the Pentagon launched a task force to investigate sightings of unidentified flying objects in August was asked to Trump by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo during “Sunday Morning Futures”.
The group is called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
“Mr. President, as we wrap up here, are there UFOs?” Bartiromo said.
“Well I’m gonna have to check on that,” Trump replied. “I mean, I’ve heard that. I heard that two days ago, so I’ll check on that. I’ll take a good, strong look at that.”
While reiterated his promise to “check on” UFOs, Trump also went on to discuss the military.
“I will tell you this,” he said when asked about the UAPTF by Bartiromo. “We now have created a military, the likes of which we’ve never had before in terms of equipment. The equipment that we have, the weapons that we have — and hopefully, hope to God we never have to use them.”
“Russia, China, they’re all envious of what we’ve had,” Trump added. “All built in the USA. We’ve rebuilt it, $2.5 trillion. As far as the other question, I’ll check on it. I heard about it two days ago actually.”
“Politicians and Pentagon officials have previously expressed concerns about the appearance of ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon’ flying over US military bases,” Insider’s Haven Orecchio-Egresitz had previously reported.
“In April, the Pentagon declassified three videos of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena,'” Orecchio-Egresitz wrote.
“The next month, the Navy released several incident reports from encounters with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) — a generic term for any aerospace asset that is unidentifiable, rather than confirmation as an actual aerial object piloted by extraterrestrials.”
Previously when Trump had been asked about UFOs, he had expressed skepticism.
He had “one very brief meeting” to discuss US Navy reports of UFOs, Trump told ABC News in June 2019. He had said at that time that he didn’t necessarily believe the reports, but also said tha the pilots were open to “think whatever they think.”
“I think it’s probably — I want them to think whatever they think,” Trump told George Stephanopoulos. “They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard, and I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.”
“Do I believe it? Not particularly,” he added.
(Adapted from BusinessInsider.com)