President Donald Trump addresses a military audience at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California. (White House via Facebook)
President Donald Trump today talked about creating a U.S. Space Force, breathing new life into a concept that’s been proposed by lawmakers but opposed by Pentagon leaders.
The subject of space policy came up during the president’s visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, while he was addressing a crowd of Marines. His comments had an off-the-cuff tone, and made it sound as if creating a military service focused on defending the space frontier was his idea:
“We are finally going to lead again — you see what’s happening, you see the rockets going up left and right, you haven’t seen that for a long time. Very soon we’re going to Mars. You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air and sea. We may even have a Space Force — develop another one, Space Force. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force. We have the Army, the Navy.”
“You know, I was saying it the other day, because we’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space, I said, ‘Maybe we need a new force, we’ll call it the Space Force.’ And I was not really serious. And then I said, ‘What a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that.’ That could happen.”
Trump said “that could be the breaking story” from his Miramar stopover. Then he pointed to journalists covering the talk.
“Look at all those people there. … Ahhh, fake news.” Trump told the Marines.
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