BARACK Obama said he believes new religions could emerge and the US may stockpile weapons if the Pentagon's UFO report confirms the existence of alien life.
His comments come as an unclassified intelligence report into UFOs is expected to be delivered to Congress as early as today.
Obama was questioned about whether he believes undeniable proof of aliens would change his politics during a podcast interview with The Ezra Klein show this week.
"New religions would pop up," the former president said should alien life be confirmed.
"But no doubt there would be immediate arguments about like, well, we need to spend a lot more money on weapons systems to defend ourselves.
"And who knows what kind of arguments we get into," the former president added.
"We’re good at manufacturing arguments for each other."
Overall, Obama said he did not believe that his politics would change if the Pentagon UFO report said aliens exist.
"My politics has always been premised on the notion that the differences we have on this planet are real," he told Klein.
"They’re profound. And they cause enormous tragedy as well as joy.
"But we’re just a bunch of humans with doubts and confusion. We do the best we can," Obama continued.
"And the best thing we can do is treat each other better because we’re all we’ve got.
"And so I would hope that the knowledge that there were aliens out there would solidify people’s sense that what we have in common is a little more important."
Obama had previously said that UFO sightings by the military “must be taken seriously."
Speaking on James Corden’s The Late Late Show last week, the former president said he had seen the recently-released footage of UFOs harassing US military targets.
“What is true… is that there's footage and records of objects in the skies that we don't know exactly what they are,” Obama said.
“We can't explain how they moved, their trajectory… they did not have an easily explainable pattern.
“So I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is. But I have nothing to report to you today.”
Obama also admitted that when he was inaugurated, he asked about the possibility of UFOs.
“Look, the truth is that when I came into office I asked," he told Corden.
“I was like, 'All right, is there the lab somewhere where we're keeping the alien specimens and spaceships?'
“They did a little bit of research…. and the answer was 'No,'' he quipped.
In this week's interview with Klein, Obama reiterated that he would "absolutely" like to know what is behind the military UFO sightings.
"My entire politics is premised on the fact that we are these tiny organisms on this little speck floating in the middle of space," he added in the New York Times podcast.
Congress passed legislation in December, mandating the Department of Defense and the National Intelligence Director to produce a report about “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” within six months.
The report will be unclassified and is expected to contain everything the US Government knows about UAPs.
It's thought that the document could arrive as early as today – June 1.
It will examine if unidentified aerial phenomena constitute a threat to US airspace, Deadline reports.
The report is unlikely to conclude that highly advanced extraterrestrials are the cause but it may not rule them out.
It's expected that recommendations for further UFO research and funding will be included within the dossier.
Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to release a trio of remarkable videos which showed "encounters" with UFOs.
Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.
And, numerous San Diego-based US warships were reportedly visited by strange vessels from above.
The USS Kidd, a Navy destroyer, was using night vision cameras and spotted several mysterious flashing objects in the skies, according to footage the Pentagon revealed to The Sun.
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