Published: Thu, February 04, 2021

White House offers 'full support' for Trump-era Space Force

White House offers 'full support' for Trump-era Space Force

His commentary follows the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appearing to belittle the new military service during her Tuesday briefing.

The Space Force was created as a separate branch of the USA military by Trump, who spoke enthusiastically about the need for a force to protect American interests in orbit and celebrated its new flag in an Oval Office ceremony.

At issue was an exchange in which Psaki was asked if President Joe Biden has "made a decision on keeping, or keeping the scope of, Space Force?", and the press secretary said, with a laugh, "Wow".

"There will be times when we see things differently in this room, I mean among all of us", she stated.

Psaki noted that Congress would have to initiate any dismantling of the force.

"Wow. Space Force. It's the plane of today!"

Roberts hosted a almost 5-minute on-air discussion with conservative pundit Joe Concha about a Daily Beast report that claimed Psaki had asked reporters for their questions in advance of the briefing.

"I am very proud of the guardians in the Space Force", Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations, said at a virtual event with defense writers.

While Psaki had an answer to the Space Force question on Wednesday, she could not however address Biden's position on NASA's Artemis program to send astronauts to the moon.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., also chimed in, noting his concern with Psaki "blatantly diminish [ing] an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke, which I'm sure China would find amusing".

On Wednesday, Rogers told Defense News he hadn't had any underlying concerns about the branch's future because the incoming administration had signaled its support. "They would call her out on that, and this administration is very well prepared to say the truth, whereas the last one would just lie and spin and whatever".

But Biden has chose to keep what has been called the world's only independent space force, officially established in December 2019.

In August of 2018, Vice President Mike Pence announced the establishment of the eighth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Space Force, in a speech at the Pentagon. "I see the value of this force each and every day".

In 2020, the Department of Defense released a strategy for how to maintain USA superiority in space.

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