When Donald Trump first talked about wanting to create the Space Force, Americans didn’t know quite what to make of the idea. The President, however, wasn’t talking in hyperbole or making a joke, he was completely serious.
Thanks to a recent bill that allowed for paid parental leave for federal workers, Trump also got the funds to create the Space Force. He talked about the new initiative on Friday telling reporters that really, really big things are going to be happening in space.
Trump boasted, “With my signature today, you will witness the birth of the Space Force, and that will be…the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces. That is something really incredible. It’s a big moment. That’s a big moment, and we’re all here for it. Space. Going to be a lot of things happening in space.”
The President then explained why he feels the need to create a space force. “Because space is the world’s newest warfighting domain,” he continued. “Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough. But very shortly, we’ll be leading by a lot.”
Trump then said he was building back up a military that was ignored by his predecessors. “Within three years of record military investment, our country has rejected a future of American decline and embraced our destiny of American dominance. Our military is now dominant—far ahead of any of our competitors. And if you saw where we started from, not so long ago, you’d really be amazed.”
The space force is expected to compete against space initiatives from countries like China and Russia.