President Trump Says He Does 'Not Particularly' Believe That Navy Pilots Are Seeing UFOs
President Trump told George Stephanopoulos in an interview for ABC News on June 15th that he does “not particularly” believe that Navy pilots are seeing UFOs.
During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked President Trump if he’d been briefed on the recent reports released by Navy pilots who say they’ve seen UFOs while serving in the military.
“I have,” the president responded. “I think it’s probably…I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, I mean 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.”
When asked if he’d know whether or not there was evidence of extraterrestrials, President Trump responded “I think my great…our great pilots would know.”
“Some of them see things that are a little bit different than in the past,” he continued. “So we’re gonna see. But we’ll watch it; you’ll be the first to know.”
Interest in governmental disclosure of knowledge surrounding UFOs has been on the rise since 2017, when news broke of the Pentagon’s secretive UFO project—known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP).
Most recently, five Navy pilots reportedly told the New York Times that unidentified flying objects were an “almost daily” occurrence from the summer of 2014 through March 2015; two of the pilots, Lieutenant Ryan Graves and Lieutenant Danny Accoin agreed to go on record about their experiences with both the New York Times and for the History Channel UFO docuseries Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation—a project created in tandem with To the Stars…Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA), a public benefit corporation created in 2017 to study UFOs.
The narrative built from those accounts is not without controversy, having received some pushback from researchers in the UFO community. That argument stems mostly from the seemingly cyclical nature of the government’s public interest in UFOs, and the associated disinformation therewith.
It is unclear at this time if the president’s statements reflect anything other than a general disinterest in the subject.
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