Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would "take a close look at the possibility of UFOs."
The president, who appeared on Fox News on Maria Bartiromo's Show, was asked about reports that the Department of Defense had formed a new facility to investigate what it calls unidentified aerial phenomena and to monitor reported sightings of UFOs.
When asked if there were UFOs, Trump replied, "I'll have to check."
He continued, “I mean, I heard that. I heard that two days ago. So I'll check that out.
“I'll take a good look at this.
“But I'll tell you that. We have now created a military like we have never had before in terms of the gear, equipment and weapons that we have. & # 39;
Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would "carefully examine" the possibility of UFOs
The president spoke to Maria Bartiromo by phone on Fox News on Sunday
A video captured by a fighter pilot in 2004 was leaked in 2017 and released earlier this year
Last month, a former US Navy pilot spoke about his infamous alleged UFO sighting off the California coast in 2004.
Commander David Fravor said he saw a tic tac-shaped object in the sky on November 10, 2004, performing extraordinary maneuvers that no modern human technology was capable of.
"It's not like we saw it and it was gone, or I saw lights in the sky and it's gone – we saw this thing on a crystal clear day with four trained observers," Fravor said in a session interview with Russian- American YouTuber and MIT researcher Lex Fridman on September 8th.
He said the phenomena committed an "act of war" by interfering with the military's radar as they tried to track it down.
When asked if he believes the tic tac shape could have come from another planet, Fravor said it could be.
"I don't like to mess with little green men, but I don't think we developed it … I think you can hide things for a while. This is a huge leap in technology, ”he said.
Former US Navy pilot Commander David Fravor, along with three others, reported on a possible UFO sighting off the California coast in 2004. Commenting on the sighting, he said, "I don't like meeting little green men, but I don't think so , that we." I developed it … I think you can hide things for a while. This is a big leap in technology. & # 39;
Reported UFO sightings have skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The National UFO Reporting Center is being made aware of about 51 percent more strange encounters this year than in the same period in 2019.
The nonprofit has registered 5,000 incidents for 2020, 20 percent of which were reported in April, at the height of the lockdown across the country, and that same month the Navy released three archived UFO videos.
Peter Davenport told the Wall Street Journal last month that he was taking 25 to 50 calls a day at his Harrington, Washington home as people describe unidentified objects in flight.
“It's a Herculean task,” 72-year-old Davenport told the WSJ. "It has literally taken over my life."
Davenport said it had become so popular that he had to turn off the ringtone at night to get some sleep.
According to a survey conducted in January by research company Ipsos, 57 percent of Americans believe that other planets have intelligent life.
The poll found that 45 percent of the country believe UFOs visited Earth.
Pictures from the strange sighting in 2004 were leaked in 2017
It's not the first time the president has been asked about the possibility of UFOs.
In June, on Father's Day, he was interviewed and asked directly by his son Donald Trump Jr.
The two discuss Roswell, the city in New Mexico known for its proximity to arguably the most famous UFO event.
"Before you leave office, will you let us know if there are any aliens?" Said Don Jr.
“Because that's the only thing I really want to know. Would you ever open up Roswell and let us know what is really going on? & # 39;
Trump replied, "I'm not going to talk to you about what I know about it, but it's very interesting."
Don Jr. asked his father if he would reveal what he had been told about alien life
Law enforcement officers stand near barbed wire as people gathered to "storm" Area 51 in September
Area 51 near Roswell, New Mexico has long been a source of fascination for UFO watchers
In 1947, a rancher discovered unidentifiable debris in his sheep pasture outside Roswell.
Air Force officials said it was a crashed weather balloon, but skeptics asked if it was actually an alien flying saucer.
Decades later, the U.S. military admitted the rubble was related to a top-secret nuclear project.
Still, the UFO theory has flourished.
The President has spoken skeptically in the past about the possibility that something is out there.
Last year Trump said he received a brief briefing on UFO sighting, but he also offered, “People say they see UFOs. I don't think so. & # 39;
After his father offered to hear some "interesting" things about Roswell, Trump Jr. asked the President to someday release that information.
"Well, I have to think about it," replied the President.