Trump: “We should have a new force called the Space Force. It’s like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we’re spending a lot of money on space.” pic.twitter.com/p7YVX6gecz— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 13, 2018
President Donald Trump wants his own Space Force – or at least that’s what he told the crowd at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, California, during his latest speech.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air, and sea,” the commander-in-chief told the Marines in the audience. “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.”
Apparently, Trump has recently begun toying with the idea.
“I was saying it the other day— ‘cause 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,” he continued with a fighter jet positioned right behind him. “And I was not really serious. And then I said, what a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.”
As bizarre as the idea sounded coming from the president, this is not the first time the hypothetical Space Force has been proposed.
The Congressional Strategic Forces Subcommittee proposed such a branch of military last year in July. However, it was then called Space Corps, a program that would have fallen under the U.S. Air Force.
However, in November, Senate banned it’s creation with the passage of 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Trump administration also was not in the favor of Space Corps.
“I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint war-fighting efforts,” wrote Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a letter to the ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.
Needless to say, the internet was equally intrigued and alarmed by Trump’s proposal for the creation of a new military branch – and of course, there were a lot of “Star Wars,” “Toy Story” and space invasion jokes.
TRUMP PROPOSES “SPACE FORCE!” pic.twitter.com/PgOtvmGBQP— Trump Image Library (@TrumpLibrary) March 13, 2018
The battle for Mars between Elon Musk's space mercenaries and Trump's Space Force is going to be tremendous.— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) March 13, 2018
Meanwhile, at Trump’s Space Force: pic.twitter.com/57XxHEdrj9— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) March 13, 2018
So now Trump is SPACE Cadet Bone Spurs?#spaceforce— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) March 13, 2018
Trump: Space force will be commanded by a special friend of mine, really talented, Buzz...— O'Kenneth (@KFI117) March 13, 2018
Trump: No, Lightyear pic.twitter.com/ytvDegXJqj
enlisting for the space force pic.twitter.com/FNan1EpQtV— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 13, 2018
Donald Trump is so far gone, he’s now talking about adding a military presence in outer space, and even he doesn’t seem to know if he’s joking. #SpaceForce— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 13, 2018
Wait,Trump's in LA - is there a chance someone showed him the Buzz Lightyear ride and he assumed that meant we're spending a lot of money on space?— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) March 13, 2018
Trump: "I wanna wage war with Space."— Alec Comes (@AlecComes) March 13, 2018
Cabinet: "But why tho"
Trump: "Have you seen the documentaries lately about space? The one with Mark Hamill?"
Cabinet: "...Sir that's Star Wars."
Trump: "See, the war has already started!" #SpaceForce
Actual footage of tRump ispecting his new "Space Force": pic.twitter.com/AVG5d8w6LU— 🌊✊❄Gerald❄🖖🌊 #VetsResistSquadron (@Langkard) March 13, 2018
dude......space force pic.twitter.com/7jCwPPJvdW— Mike Miller (@OtherMikeMiller) March 13, 2018
Trump’s Space Force—starring David Dennison and Stormy Daniels.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 13, 2018
#spaceforce. Every day I think, "This is clearly the zenith of stupidity!" And every day he rockets to new and unimaginable heights of ignorance."— Rev. Jeremy (@IOnceWasJay) March 13, 2018
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