President Donald Trump capped off another chaotic day of high-level White House departures and turmoil on Tuesday by doing what he’s done best ever since assuming the Oval Office last year: proposing enormous national projects, while simultaneously attacking his former Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump called for a new military branch to oversee space operations, conveniently dubbing the venture “Space Force” during a wide-ranging speech at Miramar Air Station in San Diego, California. The president then went on to claim that a human mission to Mars would be out of the question, had Clinton won the general election against him in 2016.
“We should have a new force called the Space Force,” Trump said Tuesday. “It’s like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we’re spending a lot of money on space.”
Trump was traveling through California on Tuesday afternoon in his first visit to the state as president, where he inspected various prototypes for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. His welcoming in the Sunshine State was far different from that of his recent rally in Pennsylvania: protests erupted along the border and throughout California’s major cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego.
One constant remained in Trump’s speech, however: his disdain for the former Secretary of State.
“Very soon we are going to Mars,” he said. “You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won.”
Watch a video of Trump’s Tuesday speech above, via Fox News.
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