Ex-Austronaut Slams Trump’s Space Force As ‘Wasteful’ And ‘Redundant’ – Watch:
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly called Donald Trump’s idea to instate a Space Force “wasteful” and “redundant.”
Appearing on MSNBC, Kelly, who participated in several NASA missions to the International Space Station (ISS), criticized Trump as being the only person who thinks it’s a good idea to have a “Space Force.”
“The only person that I’ve heard say this is a fantastic idea is the commander in chief, the president of the United States,” Kelly said. “Everybody else says it’s redundant, its wasteful.”
“There is a threat out there,” he added. “But it’s being handled by the U.S. Air Force today, doesn’t make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an [already] incredibly bureaucratic [Defense Department].”
Former astronaut Mark Kelly on President Trump's "Space Force" effort: "The only person that I’ve heard say this is a fantastic idea is the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States. Everybody else says it’s redundant, its wasteful." https://t.co/5WNNuWy4v4 pic.twitter.com/e1c5uocTgv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 9, 2018
Trump first released his idea about a Space Force back in March.
“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” the president said at the time.
“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”