White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been asked her share of interesting questions during press briefings, but on Tuesday her response to a questions about UFOs lit up the room.
Referring to a story in The New York Times about a secret $22 million Pentagon program to study unidentified flying objects, a member of the White House press corps asked Sanders about it and President Donald Trump’s stance on aliens.
“I actually want to ask about UFOs,” The Hill‘s Jordan Fabian began to ask during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, drawing laughter in the room.
Fabian was in the process of asking Sanders whether the president believed in the existence of extraterrestrial beings and if he intended to restore funding to the program when his phone’s Siri function appeared to go off.
“I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or not,” Sanders responded jokingly, as the reporters laughed. “I feel like I already want to pass on this question given that you have aliens sitting among you.”
The press secretary then admitted she had not discussed the topic with Trump.
“Somehow that question hasn’t come up in our back-and-forth over the last couple days,” she said. “But I will check into that and be happy to circle back.”
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which ran from 2008 to 2012 and was backed by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, allegedly collected video and audio recordings of UFOs.
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One of the videos, as recorded by a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, appeared in the Times story.
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