President Donald Trump announced on 18 June that the United States needed to be better represented in space and said the US Armed Forces would now have a sixth branch, the Space Force. This Space Force will assert American dominance all over the galaxy.
“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that is a big statement,” Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council on 18 June.
He also said it the Space Force would be ‘’separate but equal’’ to the Air Force. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement the military would work with the congress and stakeholders to move forward with the policy.
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Moments after the announcement, people suited up to troll Trump on social media.
While Guardians of the Galaxy and Star War fans are kidding around asking Trump to get them employed in his Space Force, one Twitter handle said: ‘’Who needs space force when we already have the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy?’’
Another Twitter post read: “I can’t help but imagine that Trump was absolutely blazed and watching Guardians of the Galaxy with some of his boys and was like ‘Guys picture this, but like american’ then the next day he created the space force.’’
Trump has long called for the creation of Space Force saying it would be ‘’like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we’re spending a lot of money on space”. Congress had rejected that proposal in March.
The Air Force too has been against such a force. ‘’The Pentagon is complicated enough,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson had told reporters last summer.
It’s now to be seen how the US administration manages to create this military branch, with not much support coming forth as of now.