White House mocks reporters’ concerns over alien aircraft: ‘You know, I loved E.T. the movie’

The White House fielded questions Monday after a weekend of radio silence on unspecified objects entering American airspace, and while spokespeople adamantly dismissed the notion of alien craft, they seemed all too happy to stay in that lane.

“You know, I loved ‘E.T.’ the movie,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

(Video: ABC News)

The comment was one of few remarks she made Monday as nearly the entirety of the briefing was handled by National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby. After Jean-Pierre gave a brief statement on the situation in Turkey and Syria following last week’s earthquake, she readied the press for Kirby by being the first to raise concerns about extraterrestrials.

“I just wanted to make sure we address this from the White House,” she offered. “I know there have been questions and concerns about this, but there is no, again, no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns.”

Since the takedown of a Chinese spy balloon that had first traveled over the continental United States from Montana to South Carolina, three additional aircraft were shot down that lawmakers have demanded greater transparency on.

Jean-Pierre left that responsibility to Kirby as she went on, “Again, there is no indication of aliens or [extraterrestrial] activity with these recent takedowns. Wanted to make sure the American people knew that, all of you knew that, and it was important for us to say that from here, because we’ve been hearing about that.”

She was then pressed, “Would you tell us if there were, really?” to which she replied offhandedly, “I’m just — you know, I loved ‘E.T.’ the movie. But, I’m gon- — I’m just going to leave it there.”

(Video: MSNBC)

After pushing back against speculation of threats posed by these crafts, terrestrial or otherwise, and claiming the administration was being completely forthright with updates, Newsmax White House correspondent James Rosen brought the briefing full circle back to the topic of aliens, drawing a dismissal from Kirby.

“Thank you, Admiral. Naturally, I have two questions, one on the unexplained aerial phenomena, and the second will be on the Russia/Ukraine war. My understanding is that the top officials at the Pentagon, when asked explicitly if they were ruling out any kind of extraterrestrial presence, that they weren’t ruling anything out,” Rosen said. “And yet, at the beginning of today’s briefing, albeit with her usual winning smile, Ms. Jean-Pierre seemed to rule out any extraterrestrial activity.”

“I don’t think the American people need to worry about aliens with respect to these craft. Period,” came the official response. “I don’t think there’s any more that needs to be said there.”

He then took Rosen’s question on Russia before Jean-Pierre cut the briefing without answering any questions from the press herself, “I gotta go into the Oval. But I will see you tomorrow.”

(Video: Fox News)


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