Despite Military Objections, Trump Adding Space Force to Names of Two Air Force Basess
Donald Trump spent four years in the White House and doesn’t have much to show for it. He was able to push through a tax break for the richest people in the country, though it didn’t have much of an effect on average Americans. Most importantly to the GOP, Trump was able to nominate and seat 3 Supreme Court justices.
The president also added a 6th branch to the military. When Trump first announced that he was creating a Space Force, most took it as a joke. The president, though, was serious and plowed forward with his plan. And over the objections of the military, the Trump administration will be honoring the branch’s first birthday by renaming two Air Force bases.
According to Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber, “The renaming ceremony has been ordered by top Trump administration officials as part of the Space Force’s first birthday. But U.S. officials familiar with the matter said the changes violate a gentleman’s agreement with congressional staffers who asked the military not to rename any bases until after President Donald Trump signs the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.”
The Air Force will officially rename Florida's Patrick Air Force Base (to Patrick Space Force Base) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station) on Wednesday when VP Mike Pence comes to the Space Coast for the National Space Council meeting: https://t.co/803eoRiLOT
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) December 7, 2020
The actual base renaming ceremony will be taking place tomorrow. CNBC’s Michael Sheetz reports, “The Air Force will officially rename Florida’s Patrick Air Force Base (to Patrick Space Force Base) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station) on Wednesday when VP Mike Pence comes to the Space Coast for the National Space Council meeting.”