Biden Administration Gives ‘Full Support’ to Trump’s Space Force
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s administration supports the U.S. Space Force, a branch of the armed forces created by his predecessor, and has no plans to seek its elimination or curtail its mandate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration and we are not revisiting the decision to establish a Space Force,” Psaki said Wednesday during a briefing at the White House. Congress enacted the Space Force and would need to act on any changes, she added.
The comments came a day after Psaki declined to say whether Biden supported the new military branch or was considering shrinking its scope. Psaki followed up later Tuesday on Twitter, saying that she may invite members of the Space Force, which was established after a push by former President Donald Trump, to brief the press.
“The desire of the Department of Defense to focus greater attention and resources on the growing security challenges in space has long been a bipartisan issue,” Psaki said Wednesday.
Psaki was also asked whether Biden would further Trump’s goal of landing another crew of astronauts on the moon by 2025. She said she hadn’t discussed the matter with Biden or other relevant officials.
Trump long advocated returning to the moon and eventually traveling to Mars. In March 2019, his White House released a statement saying Trump is “boldly putting Americans back on the moon.” Trump later complained that NASA should not be focused on the moon, but instead on reaching Mars.
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