The following is an excerpt from AFP.com | June 19, 2018 |
President Donald Trump boasted Monday of the US commercial space industry's deep wallet and enterprising spirit, and vowed US dominance in exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as any future space race.
"America will always be the first in space," Trump said during a speech at the White House.
"We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led," he added.
"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation."
The US president called for the Pentagon to create a new America "Space Force" that would become the sixth branch of the American military but requires Congressional approval to take effect.
The idea, which Trump has floated before, has stoked controversy at the Pentagon and among lawmakers.
"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal," Trump said.
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