President Donald Trump has claimed that he’s heard some “interesting” things about aliens as well as the secretive Area 51 base in Roswell, New Mexico, that some theorists claim is a UFO crash site. The president was been extremely vague about details – and even withheld the information from his eldest child, Don Trump Jr.
The comments were made Thursday during a Father’s Day-themed interview with Don Jr. that was held for the president’s reelection campaign, reports NBC News.
Don Jr., who is apparently just as interested as the rest of us in what transpired at Area 51 during the alleged UFO crash in 1947, wound down the interview by asking his father, “Before you leave office, will you let us know if there are aliens?”
“Because this is the only thing I really want to know. Would you ever open up Roswell and let us know what’s really going on?”
However, Trump responded in a guarded way, protecting the seemingly classified information.
“So many people ask me that question,” Trump said. “There are millions and millions of people who want to go there [Roswell] and see it.”
“I won’t talk to you about what I know about it, but it’s very interesting,” he continued. “Roswell is a very interesting place – there’s a lot of people who would like to know what’s going on.”
Don Jr. then responded by asking if his father would consider eventually declassifying the information, to which the president responded: “Well, I’ll have to think about that one.”
Area 51 was created amid the Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union as a top-secret research and development site for aircraft such as the U-2 spy plane and other then-cutting-edge platforms.
Conspiracy theorists and ufologists have claimed that an alien spacecraft crash-landed just outside Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, after a rancher found mysterious debris in a pasture used by his sheep. Officials of the U.S. Air Force responded at the time that only a weather balloon had crashed – a claim that hardly convinced UFO enthusiasts, even after the Pentagon admitted that the debris was related to a top-secret atomic warfare project.
Since then, some claim that the base houses everything from alien spacecraft to extraterrestrial pilots’ corpses and other technology – speculation that has been fed by popular culture and the fact that the U.S. government didn’t actually confirm the base’s existence until 2013.
Last June, Trump said that he was briefed on UFOs but revealed that he was quite skeptical about their existence, saying: “People are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”
Last September, however, the U.S. Navy admitted that widely-circulated video footage captured by Navy pilots that purportedly showed UFOs flying through the skies did depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace.
While officials admitted that they have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that past encounters with them have been frequent. They also said that rather than calling them “UFOs,” they prefer the term “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs.
The videos were eventually declassified in April, to which Trump responded: “I just wonder if it’s real. That’s a hell of a video.”