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Trump Says He Doesn't 'Particularly' Believe in UFOs and Come On, Would He Lie About Something?

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Donald Trump mumbled his way through a response to a softball question on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos in a clip released on Saturday. Trump told Stephanopoulos that he had attended a “very brief meeting” on the matter, but that he is not in fact all that much of a believer.

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UFOs have been in the news quite a bit lately due to recent media reports detailing several accounts of sightings by military personnel, releases of footage allegedly showing U.S. military pilots encountering unidentified aircraft, and news that the Pentagon spent tens of millions on an obscure UFO research project called the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.” The issue has gained enough steam that the U.S. Navy recently acknowledged a “number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years.” The Navy said it would be implementing new reporting procedures, though it was cautious to avoid legitimizing the view that UFOs are indeed extraterrestrial craft.

“Yeah, I have, I have,” Trump told the host. “I think it’s probably, uh... 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.”

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“Do I believe it? Not particularly,” he added.

Stephanopoulos followed up with a question about whether Trump would know if there was evidence of alien life.

“Well I think my, our great pilots would know, and some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past,” Trump responded. “So we’re gonna see. But we’ll watch it and you’re gonna be the first to know.”

So there you have it, folks. The guy who definitely pays attention during briefings and would never, ever lie or misrepresent things to the public claims to know jack shit about UFOs, so that should settle it! On the other hand, in the very unlikely event that UFOs ever turn out to be visitors from another world and not just advanced foreign aircraft, software glitches, or stuff some guy on YouTube made up, it’s in everyone’s interests to make sure Trump finds out last.

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ConvictedSpooner
ConvictedSpooner

I’m sure that Trump would be the last person they told if there actually were alien visitors.

How would a Top-Secret meeting with Trump and aliens play out?

Welcome to Earth, it’s a tremendous planet wouldn’t you agree? Just a beautiful planet, wouldn’t you say it’s the best - or one of the best you’ve seen? I’ve heard you come from beyond Mars or our moon, or maybe further. Mercury is nice, a lot of great humans went to Mercury, all those Mercury missions.

We’ve got the best scientists here trying to put people on planets, I just made an important decision to get us to the moon again, no not the moon that’s not uh it’s Mars, we’re going to Mars. I’m sending us to Mars which is more interesting I’m sure you agree. I imagine that’s out your way or maybe on your way, it’s out there though. A big planet, big things happening with Mars, you’ll see.

We know of many other planets including Jupinter and uh Venus, pretty lovely Venus, and uh also a lot of asteroids. But not Pluto, I think they gave that one a bad rap. A tremendously bad rap, those guys really had it out for Pluto. That was a con job, they really did a number on Pluto didn’t they, but I don’t need to tell *you* about that, do I.

A lot of people don’t know this but we’ve been to the moon, back in uh 1964 it was. Do you know what I was doing in 1964? Looking at a lot of pretty girls. Do you have pretty girls on your planet? A lot of great people on your planet I bet. Just lovely.