A group of US senators, including the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, received a classified briefing Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the US Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to a congressional aide. https://t.co/SdmjGvrdaD— CNN (@CNN) June 20, 2019
"If pilots at Oceana or elsewhere are reporting flight hazards that interfere with training or put them at risk, then Senator Warner wants answers. It doesn't matter if it's weather balloons, little green men, or something else entirely—we can't ask our pilots to put their lives at risk unnecessarily," said Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner's spokeswoman Rachel Cohen.
The Navy released a statement about the seeming uptick in UFO encounters, noting that there have been "a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years."
Donald Trump admitted he has also taken meetings on the sightings, but downplayed talk of aliens. "People are saying they're seeing UFOs," he told ABC. "Do I believe it? Not particularly."
The notion of secret meetings about possible aliens kicked a hornet's nest of conspiracy theorists and memers on Twitter.