WASHINGTON D.C – President elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was keeping an open mind about whether the Earth is actually round or not. Trump, who once tweeted that the spherical Earth concept was a hoax created by the Chinese to make the U.S. manufacturing non-competitive, has softened his hardline flat Earth stance since winning the election. He has not, however, come out in full support of the spherical Earth theory, nor that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around.
“I mean, nobody really knows these things.” Said Trump flippantly, “I don’t know, you don’t know, Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t know. So don’t pretend like you do. The jury is still out on this one.” Trump, who will take office on January 20, 2017, said he was considering how much policies that presuppose a round Earth were going to cost U.S. companies. “If flat Earth policies are going to make us more competitive in the world economy, well, you could convince me of a lot of things.”
Not wanting to appear impartial, Trump added, “But look, I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it. As to whether I’m going to base my policies around the idea that it’s true, well, I’ll keep you all in suspense.”