President Donald Trump Proposes United States 'Space Force'

Pauline Gross
March 15, 2018

Trump's comments might have drawn quips referring to fictional, intergalactic fights, but some military leaders and lawmakers took the president's pitch seriously. Police stepped in to diffuse the situation. But it seems like Trump is trying to resurrect an idea that his administration originally didn't want. She was among a group of protesters who chanted "Say it now, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here".

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"My new national strategy for space recognises that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea", Trump said.

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"I was not really serious, but then I said what a great idea", he said.

"Our service members will be vital to ensuring America continues to lead the way into the stars, we're going to lead in space", he said.

Trump opened his speech at the base by explaining his "absolute faith" in Marines and pointed to retired Marines serving in the White House: Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph "Fighting Joe" Dunford and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The commander-in-chief doesn't think the USA military is large enough - so he announced during a freaky press conference Tuesday that it will expand beyond planet Earth via a "space force".

Given the U.S. president's past flippant statements, there has been no official documentation or statement actually confirming plans to create a so-called space force, but members of the government had suggested in June previous year that the air force should be split in two: one for Earth, another for space activities.

The president is now promising to cement USA leadership in exploration of the final frontier exploration he says would not have been possible under a different president.

Last week, Trump spoke of a special future United States mission to Mars. Also known as Space Marines. The Air Force is already intimately involved with spaceflight, a fact that members of his military audience probably already knew during the rally. So far, Trump's Pentagon officials have said they don't support such a reorganization. Trump adds: "We'll see whether or not it happens".

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