SAN DIEGO — U.S. President Donald Trump says there may someday be a “space force” fighting alongside the air force, army and other branches of the military.
Trump was speaking Tuesday about his administration’s investments in space exploration to members of the military when he said that space is becoming a “war-fighting domain.”
In this image released by the U.S. air force, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission four lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, on May 7, 2017.
He says his idea of a new space force had started as an off-the-cuff comment, but he decided it was a great idea.
The remarks drew almost instant ridicule on social media, with Twitter users posting an array of mocking suggestions on what the new ‘force’ might look like.
Trump is talking about a SPACE FORCE pic.twitter.com/1dDmkQzgdH
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) March 13, 2018
enlisting for the space force pic.twitter.com/FNan1EpQtV
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 13, 2018
Live footage from Trump’s new “Space Force” #SpaceForce pic.twitter.com/aZrwLut9o8
— Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ) March 13, 2018
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.
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Trump made the remarks as he addressed U.S. marines and other service members at an air base in San Diego after visiting his border wall prototypes.