President Donald Trump spoke to members of the United States Military Academy at West Point this week when, suddenly, he realized who was standing right beside him. After taking notice, Trump abruptly stopped his speech to address the VIP with a message that was not previously included in his prepared remarks.
According to The Daily Caller, President Donald Trump was speaking to members of the United States Military Academy at West Point Tuesday, when he read part of his speech, thanking the superintendent of the school. When Trump turned around and saw him, he immediately remembered meeting him and shook his hand.
“Special thanks to West Point Superintendent, Lieutenant General Bob Caslen. Where’s Bob? Where’s Bob?” said Trump. He then turned to Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen and shook his hand.
“How do you like it, Bob? Bob Caslen, you know, you remember our meeting, right? But, I’m glad you did what you did, and you have done a fantastic job. I made the right choice with you,” said the president. “General, you’re a great leader at a legendary institution that has been a source of pride and strength for our country for more than two centuries.”
Also on Tuesday, President Donald Trump signaled once again that he wants to create a new branch of the U.S. military dedicated to fighting in outer space. While addressing members of the West Point football team at the White House, Trump floated the idea of adding a “Space Force” branch to the US military — a concept that has received some support on Capitol Hill but has drawn skepticism from the Pentagon, according to FOX 2 now.
“You will be part of the five proud branches of the United States Armed Forces — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. And we’re actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force,” Trump said while presenting the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the Army football team in the Rose Garden.
“You probably haven’t even heard that. I’m just telling you now. We’re getting very big in space, both militarily and for other reasons, and we are seriously thinking of the Space Force,” he added.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 2, 2018
Trump previously voiced his support for creating a “Space Force” during a speech in March before military members in California. “Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump said at the time. “We may even have a Space Force.”
The idea was endorsed by Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican who’s the chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee. “I am thrilled that the Space Corps idea is gaining traction at the White House. Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) and I have worked tirelessly on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Strategic Forces subcommittee level on the need for a Space Corps outside of the Air Force for over two years now,” said Rogers.
— SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) May 2, 2018
“Russia and China are surpassing us in Space capabilities, and we need to dedicate a separate force solely with a Space mission. The future of war will be fought in Space, and we must stay diligent and ahead of other countries for our own national security,” he added.
The idea of a Space Force is something which would have seemed unthinkable ten or twenty years ago, but with modern advancements, it is now something we must seriously consider in the interest of national security. As the president and Republican lawmakers have stated, it is imperative that we remain diligent and ahead of other countries where our military is concerned.