During his address Tuesday to members of the military in San Diego, President Trump proposed creating a new branch of the military: the "Space Force."
He began by talking about how the U.S. will soon travel to Mars.
"You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it," he said at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar."My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air and sea. We may even have a ‘Space Force,’ develop another one. Space Force. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force, we have the Army, the Navy.
"You know, I was saying it the other day, ‘cause we’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space, I said, ‘Maybe we need a new force. We’ll go with the Space Force,’ and I was not really serious and then they said what a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that," he said, garnering laughs from the audience.
He then pointed at the media in the room and called them "fake news," which earned the biggest audience cheer of them all.
"So think of that: Space Force!"
Trump spoke Tuesday after visiting eight prototypes of his proposed border wall in San Diego.
Within minutes, people began posting jokes about the space force on social media.
Last summer, the House Armed Services Committee voted in favor of a bill that would create a "Space Corps" under Air Force.
House and Senate negotiators ultimately decided not to create a new branch of the military as part of the annual Department of Defense authorization bill, but some analysts have said it still lays groundwork for its potential creation in the future.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who had opposed the creation of a Space Corps citing increased bureaucracy and expense, said Thursday she welcomed any move that would improve the integration of military readiness in outer space.
If it ever is established, a Space Corps would be sixth branch of the military (joining the Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and the Navy). The Air Force was broken out of the Army in 1947, the last time a new branch was created.
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