Immediately after an embarrassing February 2nd press briefing where White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki seemed to either mock, or be ignorant of, the U.S. Space Force created by President Trump in December 2019, the Biden White House has now confirmed that the Space Force will stay. Psaki told reporters on February 3 that the new service, which I have also championed, has the “full support” of the Biden administration.
“We’re not revisiting the decision,” she added.
Though the idea of a separate sixth military service for space originated in Congress and developed bipartisan support, Trump’s active championing of its creation quickly made it a line of attack for partisan critics. The quick admission by Team Biden that Space Force was a good call by Trump and is here to say is welcome news for many of its advocates – including me.
But Psaki’s ignorant and mocking initial response is still angering others. Defense News reported House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mike Rogers, R-Ala., as saying:
It’s a very serious branch taking on a very serious national security threat, so her ignorance on the topic disturbed me, and then her flippant attitude disturbed me. But what more disturbed me was, today, after she had been informed that it was a serious branch of the military dealing with a serious threat, she couldn’t bring herself to say: ‘I made a mistake.’ I was glad to see her acknowledge what I already knew, and the administration has said before — that is, they’re fully supportive of the Space Force and [know] its worth.
Defense News added that Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond told reporters during a Wednesday morning roundtable that:
“I’m very proud of the guardians in the Space Force,” he said.” I see the value of this force each and every day, and I’m happy to talk to anybody about the great work [it’s doing].”
General Raymond, noted Defense News, also said he would “welcome the opportunity” to speak to the Biden administration about the ongoing work of the Space Force, “which includes tracking debris in space, running the nation’s GPS constellation, and managing satellites that provide communications links and help identify ballistic missiles.”
No word yet on an apology from Biden White House Spokeswoman Psaki, but good to see Team Biden not automatically reversing every good thing done by his predecessor.