President Joe Biden will not dismantle Space Force press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, one day after conservatives criticized her for laughing about it during a briefing.
‘They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration,’ Psaki said. ‘And we are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force,’ she told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove asked Psaki if the president had made a decision on whether he would keep Space Force, one of President Donald Trump’s favorite legacy projects, which was formally established in December 2019.
Press secretary Jen Psaki walked back comments she made at Tuesday’s briefing mocking the Space Force saying Wednesday that the military branch has the ‘full support’ of the Biden administration
After two powerful Republicans complained, press secretary Jen Psaki sent out a tweet Tuesday night inviting members of the Space Force to provide an update on their work to the White House press corps
President Donald Trump considered the formation of the Space Force to be one of his legacies and talked about it frequently at political rallies. He’s photographed in the Oval Office as the new Space Force flag is unveiled in May 2020
President Joe Biden (pictured) hasn’t spoken publicly about Space Force, but press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the administration was ‘not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force,’ which had Congressional bipartisan support
Rep. Mike Rogers, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that press secretary Jen Psaki should ‘immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment’
‘Wow. Space Force,’ Psaki commented and laughed.
‘It’s the plane of today!’ she added, a reference to DailyMail.com’s inauguration day question on whether Biden would keep Trump’s updated Air Force One color scheme, something the ex-president spent an inordinate amount of time working on.
At Psaki’s snickering response, Wingrove pushed back that Space Force was an ‘entire branch’ of the U.S. military.
‘It is an interesting question. I am happy to check with our Space Force point of contact,’ she replied. ‘I’m not sure who that is. I will find out and see if we have any update on that.’
Several top House Republicans lashed out at Psaki for ridiculing the Space Force.
The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, told Politico Tuesday that Psaki should ‘immediately apologize.’
‘It’s concerning to see the Biden administration’s press secretary blatantly diminish an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke, which I’m sure China would find funny,’ Rogers, an Alabama Republican, said.
‘The Space Force was passed with near unanimous support in Congress, the same type of “unity” President Biden is supposedly working toward,’ he continued. ‘Jen Psaki needs to immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment.’
Another Republican, Florida Rep. Mike Waltz, who’s a founding member of the House Space Force Caucus, added, ‘This is just another example of the Biden administration not taking China seriously while demeaning the incredible work of the Space Force personnel.’
With Trump constantly touting the Space Force at his political rallies, the branch became fodder for jokes from the left – with Netflix even making a ‘Space Force’ TV show starring Steve Carell that mocked a fictional version of it.
The signage and term ‘guardians’ used for members of the Space Force have elicited comparisons to Star Trek’s ‘Starfleet’ and Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’
Psaki started back-tracking on Space Force Tuesday night.
She tweeted, ‘We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.’
She delivered a similar message in the briefing room Wednesday after a Fox News reporter asked if she planned to apologize to members of the Space Force.
‘I did send a tweet last night, you may not all be on Twitter, that said we invite the members of Space Force here to provide an update to all of you on all of the important work they’re doing and we certainly look forward to seeing continued updates from their team,’ she said.
Psaki then added that the Space Force had the ‘full support’ of the Biden administration.
‘The desire for the Department of Defense to focus greater attention and resources on the growing security challenges in space has long been a bipartisan issue, informed by numerous independent commissions and studies conducted across multiple administrations and thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force,’ she said.
‘As you know it was established by Congress and any other steps would actually have to be taken by Congress and not by the administration,’ Psaki added.
She also told reporters that she wasn’t sure what the administration’s policy would be on NASA’s Artemis program, which aimed to get Americans back to the moon by 2024.
‘I am personally interested in space,’ the press secretary said. ‘But I have not spoken to our team about this particular program.’