His remarks come ahead of the expected release of an unclassified report from the US Department of Defense detailing unexplained phenomena involving unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and American military personnel.
Former US Navy pilots have detailed a handful of such incidents in interviews over the past several months, including several who shared experiences with CBS News’s 60 Minutes in May.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the report’s release last month at a daily news briefing, telling reporters that the extent of the information to be released was up to the discretion of the Director of National Intelligence.
“[O]ur team at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is, of course, actively working on that report. And we take reports of incursions into our airspace by any aircraft identified or unidentified very seriously and investigate each one,” Mrs Psaki said.