US President Donald Trump was recently asked about a new task force at the Pentagon that is studying UFOs. Trump did not give any direct answers about the program specifically, and told reporters that he would "look into it." He said he had heard about the program just a few days ago and needed to check on the details but then started to go off script and talk about how the United States military is the most powerful in the world. While not directly threatening military action against aliens, he was certainly suggesting that it was a situation that could be dealt with militarily.
Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo asked Trump, “Can you explain why the Department of Defense has set up a UFO task force? Are there UFOs?”
“Well, I'm going to have to check on that. 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,” Trump replied.
However, his following comments caught everyone off-guard.
“I will tell you this: We have now created a military the likes of which we have never had before. In terms of equipment, the—the equipment we have, the weapons we have, and hope to god we never have to use it. But have created a military the likes of which nobody has, nobody has, ever had. Russia, China, they’re all envious of what we had. All built in the USA. We’ve rebuilt it all—$2.5 trillion dollars. As far as the other question I’ll check on it, I heard about it two days ago actually,” Trump said.
Kyle Mizakomi, of Popular Mechanics, suggested in a recent article that Trump may have been threatening aliens with military force, or at the very least suggesting that the US military is equipped to handle such a threat. He did not explicitly say that the US government was prepared to go to war with aliens, but the fact that he answered a question about aliens with a response about military capabilities has left many people wondering what he meant.
The formation of this new task force is something that has been in motion for a long time, since the Pentagon released declassified videos to the public which showed government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.
In a press release earlier this year confirming the authenticity of the videos, the US Department of Defense said, “DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified.'”
In June, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to investigate the phenomenon after reviewing the videos.
The footage that provoked this renewed interest in UFOs was captured in 2014 and 2015. One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States. Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.
Some of the footage can be viewed below:
The three declassified videos captured by the Navy have been dubbed “FLIR1”, “Gimbal” and “Go Fast”. They show Navy pilots tracking the unidentified aerial phenomena as well as one incident where a Navy pilot nearly collided with one of the crafts near the state of Virginia. These videos were initially released in 2018, but were not officially recognized and published by the pentagon until earlier this year.