Real Star Trek? President Trump proposes military space force

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Trump told troops at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego that the new group would be able to encapsulate the "tremendous amount" of work the military and government are doing in space-related defense. "It's like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we're spending a lot of money on space".

It was unclear whether The Donald was joking about the idea of "Space Force".

"My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain", Trump casually mentioned.

Donald Trump has proposed a new brand of armed forces - which he's dubbed the "space force".

Trump said he recently came up with the idea jokingly but then fell in love with it. "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".

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Trump's own defense secretary and Air Force secretary argued vociferously against it when members of Congress pushed it previous year, O'Keefe said.

While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race. In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower established two separate space programs - a civilian one that became NASA, and a military one.

Last week, Trump spoke of a special future US mission to Mars.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE told troops in California on Tuesday that the US would be going to Mars in the very near future. The idea was finally dropped from the Pentagon's funding bill by the end of previous year, but it retains some support in Congress, where advocates say the United States is facing significant strategic vulnerabilities in the face of Russian and Chinese pushes into space warfare.

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