President Donald Trump is not entirely sure why the Pentagon has an ultra-secretive UFO program.
In a Fox News interview over the phone on Sunday, Trump was asked why the Department of Defense has set up a UFO task force.
"So Mr. President, are there UFOs?" anchor Maria Bartiromo asked him outright.
"Well, I'm going to have to check on that," Trump said. "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."
But then, instead of stopping there, Trump went on to boast about the US military — in an apparent threat to any extraterrestrials who might be out there.
"I will tell you this: We have now created a military the likes of which we have never had before," he said, unprompted by Bartiromo. "Russia, China, they’re all envious of what we had. All built in the USA."
What are we to make of this complete non sequitur? Is Trump menacing aliens military might, as Popular Mechanics speculates?
Or is he threatening other nations that could possibly be behind the sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) by Navy pilots since 2004? It certainly wouldn't be the first time Trump has tossed hollow threats at other world powers more based on his current mood than actual evidence.
The Pentagon's task force was made public back in August with the task of investigating the sighting of such UAPs. The program had been in operation for many years before that, but remained shrouded in secrecy, as detailed in a bombshell New York Times report back in 2017.
In April, three videos of such UAP encounters were declassified by the Pentagon, with the Navy confirming that they are authentic.
Trump has said in the past that he's skeptical about the existence of UFOs. In a June 2019 interview with ABC News, Trump acknowledged that he held meetings to discuss the sightings, but said he didn't really think that UFOs were real. "Do I believe it? Not particular," Trump said.
Maybe another possibility is just as likely: We're again trying to imbue Trump's strange musings with meaning — an ultimately futile task, as history proves again and again.
READ MORE: Trump Acknowledges UFOs, Threatens Aliens With Military Action [Popular Mechanics]