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Trump signs directive in move to create a US Space Force

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a step needed for lawmakers to begin the lengthy process of creating a U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a step needed for lawmakers to begin the lengthy process of creating a U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space.

The memo directs the Department of Defense “to marshal its space resources to deter and counter threats in space,” through the establishment of Space Force that would be part of the Air Force, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

Establishing the Space Force will require Congressional approval.

In August, the Trump Administration announced an ambitious plan to usher in the force as the sixth branch of the military by 2020.

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Space Force would be an armed branch of the military and “include both combat and combat support functions to enable prompt and sustained offensive and defensive space operations,” according to the memo.

U.S. Air Force chief General David Goldfein, speaking at Brookings, a Washington think tank, said on Tuesday the establishment of Space Force was still a long way off, including “intricate details of how we move forward in establishing this service within the Department of the Air Force.”

Goldfein also said “from a war-fighting perspective the most important step that we take going forward, and the one that we need to do the quickest, is to establish a U.S. Space Command as a combatant commander,” a role that would actually command the personnel and materials presented to them by Space Force.

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The Air Force is the U.S. military branch that currently has responsibility for space.

Last year, then Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan had focused on internal Pentagon reform and issues like the creation of a Space Force, an initiative that met with resistance from some lawmakers and others in the Pentagon.

Shanahan, now acting Secretary of Defense, had said in 2018 that the proposed Space Force could have an initial budget of less than $5 billion.

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On Tuesday, a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity said initial start up costs for the Space Force were estimated to be about $72 million.

A U.S. Air Force cost estimate from earlier last year said Space force would be around $13 billion in the first five years.

Reporting by Mike Stone and Jeff Mason; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Bill Berkrot


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

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Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

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