Donald Trump gave a speech before the National Space Council and it appears he went off script. It’s either that or he needs a new speech writer. After blaming Democrats for “all of the problems that we’re having,” the former reality show star announced that he’s directing the Pentagon to create a ‘space force’ as a sixth branch of the military.
“In defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” Trump said.
“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” President Crazy Pants continued. “That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”
“We must have American dominance in space.” Trump says he’s directing the Pentagon to develop a “space force” as the sixth branch of the military. pic.twitter.com/31TGYtjKtd
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 18, 2018
Yup, he actually said ‘separate but equal.’ Sigh.
Trump said it will bolster national security, manage satellite traffic and work towards sending human missions to Mars.
And just like that, Space Force is trending on Twitter.
Mark my words—he’s going to try to send the refugees there
— roque (ロク) (@roquesullivan) June 18, 2018
What she said.
I never want to hear someone say “Yes, I’d be great if we could give everyone health care, but HOW are we gonna pay for it?” now that President Starship Troopers just made “Space Force” a thing https://t.co/zecOMv3CuW
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 18, 2018
TIRED: We’re too broke to keep doing joint military exercises with South Korea.
WIRED: Let’s create a “SPACE FORCE!” so we can conquer Mars pic.twitter.com/wfPfbeioh1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2018
Space Force ! pic.twitter.com/RyoFPX2NGK
— Doggo Groyper (@Mcfagens02) June 18, 2018
funding the space force like pic.twitter.com/IIRDD2dbbk
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 18, 2018
This. A hundred times this:
Sorry, dude, but trotting out the tired Space Force farce will not distract anyone from your concentration camps.
— Rob Woodyard (@robwoodyard1) June 18, 2018
You are entering another dimension.
Welcome to The Space Force.
— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) June 18, 2018
I just have two questions about Space Force:
1) When will Flint, Michigan have clean water?
2) When will Puerto Rico have power?
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) June 18, 2018
Very difficult to build a space force when your administration rejects science at every level.
— Janet Bailey (@JanetJlbailey) June 18, 2018
This is not the first time that Trump has floated the idea of establishing a space force. The former reality show star mentioned the idea during a speech at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar earlier this year.
Initially, Trump said he wasn’t serious about the idea.
“Then I said, ‘What a great idea!’ Maybe we’ll have to do that,’” Trump said. “So think of that: Space Force, because we are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous.”
Now, I wouldn’t mind more space exploration, but I’m pretty sure this administration, with a lot of help from Republicans, just finished gifting the wealthy while putting our country in debt. So, where’s the money going to come from? Oh, I know, he’ll make Mars pay for it.
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