President Trump in California, "We are going to lead in Space again"

President Donald Trump says the USA should create a military "Space Force" to defend United States interests outside the earth's atmosphere.

Donald Trump visited the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station base in California Tuesday to give a speech to hundreds of Marines stationed there.

Donald Trump said Tuesday that his government may need to create a "space force" after suggesting that space is now a "war-fighting domain".

"Think of that: space force, because we are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in", Trump said.

No one was more pleased by the president endorsing the idea of a military space force than Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the HASC strategic forces subcommittee and has relentlessly pursued the cause.

The discussion of a new Space Corps could play a role in proposed policy plans for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. "A clean organizational slate would allow a DOD space culture to germinate in a way best fitting these unique features and likely speed the integration of non-Air Force space forces".

Nevertheless, Trump went beyond the creation of a space force, vowing more innovative advancements such as the exploration of Mars - an achievement that he said would not have been possible if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election. "Look at that", he said, pointing to cameras in the room.

It would be "premature to add additional organizational and administrative tail to the department at a time I am trying to reduce overhead", Mattis said. "As a joint chief, I see that same responsibility as the lead joint chief for space operations, is making sure that we have those capabilities that the joint team requires".

Space Force? Yes, you read that correctly.

"Today I am very proud to report that all of that is changing, and as you have seen, all of that is changing quickly", Trump said, noting that his administration sees "peace through strength".

At this point in Trump's presidency, long-accepted norms about presidential behavior and common sense have been thrown out the window. "We owe both to the public, and it is vitally important for the public to understand what we are doing on their behalf and with their tax dollars". "That would be a "space smart" force". "We'll have the space force". In San Diego, the president was met by protesters and explained his doomsday fears of a country without a big wall: "For those people, if you don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country".

Vanessa Coleman