Trump via NBC (June 19, 2020)
“I won’t talk to you about what I know about [Roswell], but it’s very interesting. But Roswell’s a very interesting place, with a lot of people that would like to know what’s going on.”
Trump on Full Send Podcast (April 20, 2023):
“‘Are aliens real?’…That’s an interesting — personally I don’t think so… I don’t [talk about aliens much]. I’m not a big alien person. I’ve got enough things going without worrying about it. But I’ll tell you what — you have a lot of smart people that think that…– you know, there happens to be a certain site that’s the #1 most visited site in the whole country, you know that right? Do you know what I’m talking about? Where they think the aliens come down? I’ll tell you about it after the show.”
Coulthart on 60 Minutes Australia (July 26, 2023):
“He’s been briefed into Roswell. I know Trump’s been briefed. And the interesting thing is — I’ve been waiting to see, as Trump comes under increasing pressure in this national security crisis where he’s allegedly stolen documents that he ought not properly to have retained, I’ve been waiting to see whether, in anger or in frustration, he would reveal what he knows about the phenomenon. And I still think it’s possible he may do.”
Coulthart on Need to Know (August 5, 2023):
“Watch. Donald. Trump.”
Thesis: Coulthart appears very confident that Trump was briefed into Roswell and knows something about the phenomenon — to the point that Coulthart believes that Trump might reveal what he knows to the public.
Antithesis: Trump’s statement does suggest that he knows something about Roswell, but he also states, apparently sincerely, that he does not believe in aliens.
Synthesis: I suppose that Coulthart has credible reason to believe that Trump was briefed on Roswell. But either that briefing did not include the existence of aliens, or if it did, Trump did not believe it.