Another day, another outlandish remark from President Donald Trump. The same president who brought us “covfefe” and “bigly” suggested yesterday, March 13th, that the United States is in need of a “Space Force” to go along with our Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Trump first floated the idea at a San Diego Marine Corps base, where he was discussing his plan to to send astronauts to Mars. He stated (incorrectly) that his opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, would not have attempted to explore the red planet. Trump then continued by saying that “space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” and that it warranted its own branch of the military. The president said he initially suggested a Space Force as a joke, but the more he thought about it, the more he became convinced.
Twitter, however, was less enthusiastic.
Naturally, there were some pop culture references.
And others pointed out that we may already have a Space Force.
But some saw logic in Trump’s suggestion.
The idea of a Space Force sounds a bit ridiculous. After all, as far as we know there aren’t any space wars being waged at the moment. But Trump’s idea has apparently been proposed before. According to The Atlantic, In 2017, the House Armed Services Committee approved a “space corps” that would oversee military operations in space (they do exist). The Senate vetoed the measure, however. And additionally, the Air Force, which currently handles space missions like controlling satellites, is strongly opposed to the idea of a space corps.
Until Star Wars can film in space — or Trump at least clarifies how he would create a Space Force, we’re going to assume that this probably won’t happen. But in the meantime, at least we have another out-of-this-world meme to enjoy.