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Trump's Suggestion of "Space Force" Becomes Instant Meme

Trump's Suggestion of

But this pronouncement during his address to the Marines at Miramar Air Station was unexpected.

From Star Wars and Star Trek to Spaceballs and Starship Troopers, sci-fi fans called on their favorite characters to help form and lead the "Space Force" - not to mention that there even was a hokey TV movie in 1978 titled Space Force. "We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force", he said.

"The comic adventures that befall a crew of astronauts assigned to a remote military space station", IMDb notes of Space Force. "We have the army, the navy ..."

Addressing a military audience at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego, Trump boasted about his national security strategy, plans to modernize the US nuclear arsenal, develop hypersonic weapons, and his proposed increases to military budgets.

Trump suggested that when he first thought of creating a Space Force, he wasn't really serious.




"You know, I was saying it the other day because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space", he told the group of U.S. Marines.

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. "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".

Mr Trump said on Tuesday he wants a new military branch to be developed that recognises space as a "theatre of war".

Republican Representative Mike Rogers told a February 28 conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that a separate space corps could be carved out from the air force within "three to five years". But his unfeigned excitement at "his" idea was a reminder that the oldest man ever elected president is in some respects a man-child.

We have no way of knowing right now if Trump missed that whole series of events, or heard about it and substituted his own endorsement for Mattis's dismissal, or just ate a rich dessert before bedtime and dreamed the whole thing up.


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