The White House isn’t sure whether President Donald Trump—a noted believer in every single conspiracy theory ever—has a firm stance on the existence of UFOs, despite recent revelations that the Pentagon secretively funded a $22 million program to investigate them from 2008 to 2012.
On Tuesday, Hill reporter Jordan Fabian asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program: “Several media reports disclosed the existence of a secret Pentagon program that was researching UFOs. Funding ran out for that in 2012. Does the president believe in the existence of UFOs and would he be interested in restoring funding for that program?”
If you believe Huckabee Sanders—and look, there’s not really any reason to do that—somehow the topic hasn’t been discussed in the White House.
“Somehow that ... hasn’t come up in our back-and-forth over the last couple days,” Huckabee Sanders said. “But I will check into that and be happy to circle back.”
As the president, Trump is surely privy to a massive wealth of U.S. intelligence agency data, so he could presumably simply ask about it if it wasn’t already part of the extensive debriefings he received upon assuming the nation’s highest office. However, Trump is also notorious for not really wanting to sit through long, boring briefings involving topics that aren’t literally about him. Occam’s Razor is that he simply spent most of the “here’s what we know about the aliens terraforming our planet to have a poisonous atmosphere” session fantasizing about what either the aliens or analysts or both look like naked, thus depriving him of the information needed to reach a conclusion.
This is all good and well to me, because if UFOs or aliens are real, we should probably wait for someone who won’t subject them to a 15-minute monologue about how meaty Trump Steaks are to make first contact.