The Pentagon and NASA track more than 500,000 pieces of space junk circling the Earth, including about 1,730 operating satellites. Referencing both of them (who sat side by side), Trump said, "Look at them; they're sitting together". He was jointed by Vice President Mike Pence. "And we knocked that out".
"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".
He added, "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers". But today, while attending the National Space Council meeting, he announced that he is officially directing the Pentagon to create this sixth branch of the government. He told them he was thinking about creating a "Space Force" similar to the US Air Force - the audience chuckled.
The Air Force has argued that space defense is well within its purview, and that a new branch not only isn't necessary, but could dilute current efforts to extend American military might into space.
Mr Trump said the United States will "be the leader by far" in space and that he wants to revive the nation's flagging space program. So important. Gen. Dunford, if you would carry that assignment out, I would be very greatly honored.
However, because the treaty does not specify conventional weapons, countries such as the U.S., China and Russian Federation are looking into ways to expand defenses to space - such as anti-satellite missiles, etc.
Also on Monday, Cheryl Warner, a spokeswoman for Nasa's Human Exploration Directorate, said that the USA plans to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a preparatory step towards sending astronauts back there for the first time since 1972.
Dubbing the new wing of America's fighting machine the "Space Force", Trump merged the idea of reasserting US might in space exploration with that of carving out military dominance, as worldwide jockeying for Earth's extra-atmospheric supremacy heats up.
It may be true, as Deptula argues in his email, that, "segregation of space from today's Air Force aerospace enterprise risks undermining the synergy of integrated effects in the third dimension that took decades to develop and that now provide the Nation its warfighting advantage".
This is not the first time that Trump has mentioned a specific military branch or "space force" dedicated to space. "Thankfully the president can't do without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake".
Tunisia 0-0 England
England begins their 2018 FIFA World Cup run today against Tunisia as the third and final soccer game on today's schedule. Friendly wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica in the tune up to the quadrennial showpiece did no harm to the mood.