President Trump floats military 'Space Force' idea

Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson capping months of speculation the secretary of state was on the verge of being pushed out

Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson capping months of speculation the secretary of state was on the verge of being pushed out

In a speech delivered to US Marines today in San Diego, President Donald Trump declared support for the United States developing a new space-based branch of the military, called the "Space Force".

But that didn't stop President Trump for advocating for a "Space Force" today.

"We may even ... develop another one, Space Force. We have the army, the navy ..."

The proposed Space Corps would have fallen under the Air Force branch.

The commander-in-chief doesn't think the US military is large enough - so he announced during a freaky press conference Tuesday that it will expand beyond planet Earth via a "space force". Past year some legislators pushed a bill in Congress that included a provision to establish a new branch of the military dubbed the Space Corps. "Think of that. Space force!".

"I was saying it the other day, because we're doing a tremendous amount of work in space - maybe we need a new force, we'll call it the Space Force", Mr Trump added.


Defense Secretary James Mattis even took the rare step of writing a letter supporting an amendment to remove the Space Corps from the House's version of policy bill earlier this year. "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".

It was unclear whether The Donald was joking about the idea of "Space Force".

After extensive politicking the US Congress passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act in November.

Trump also says that "very soon we're going to Mars", and that that wouldn't be happening if his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, had won.

Since taking office, Trump has frequently touted his support for the USA military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts.

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