Trump says he'll 'take a good, strong look' at whether UFOs exist

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office on September 17, 2020.Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty
  • President Donald Trump was asked about the existence of UFOs during an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox News on Sunday.
  • Trump said he first heard about the Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, which was announced in August, two days ago.
  • He also added that he'd "take a good, strong look" at the existence of UFOs.
  • When asked about unidentified flying objects in 2019, Trump expressed skepticism.
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President Donald Trump said in an interview on Sunday that he plans on looking further into US intelligence on the existence of UFOs.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump during "Sunday Morning Futures" about the Department of Defense's announcement that the Pentagon launched a task force to investigate sightings of unidentified flying objects in August. The group is called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).

"Mr. President, as we wrap up here, are there UFOs?" Bartiromo said.
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"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."

The president went on to discuss the military and later reiterated his promise to "check on" UFOs.

"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."
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"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."

Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz previously reported that "politicians and Pentagon officials have previously expressed concerns about the appearance of 'unidentified aerial phenomenon' flying over US military bases.""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."
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Trump has expressed skepticism when asked about UFOs in the past

In June 2019, Trump told ABC News that he had "one very brief meeting" to discuss US Navy reports of UFOs. At the time, he said he didn't necessarily believe the reports, but wanted pilots 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.
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