“An actual quote by the sitting president of the United States.”
President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon said the U.S. military is developing a “super duper missile” that can go 17 times faster than any existing rocket, earning him ridicule from critics.
“We have, I call it, the super duper missile,” said Trump. “And I heard the other night—17 times faster than what they have right now, when you take the fastest missile we have right now.”
“I call it the super duper missile.”
An actual quote by the sitting president of the United States. pic.twitter.com/LqoC589W9k
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 15, 2020
Trump made the remarks at a press conference unveiling the official Space Force flag in the Oval Office.
“This is a very special moment, because this is the presentation of the Space Force flag,” said the president. “So we’ve worked very hard on this, and it’s so important from a defensive standpoint, from an offensive standpoint, from every standpoint there is.”
Breaking Defense reporter Paul McLeary said on Twitter that he had not yet received confirmation from sources at the Pentagon indicating any knowledge of what the president was talking about.
So far two DoD officials who would likely know about this sort of thing have told me they have no idea what the president’s “super duper missile” that goes 17x faster than any other missile might be.
— paul mcleary (@paulmcleary) May 15, 2020
Reporters at Friday’s White House briefing asked Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for clarification, but McEnany—in what Vox‘s Aaron Rupar described as “basically an SNL skit”—punted, referring back to the president’s comments.
“The president said the Pentagon is developing a ‘super duper missile’ … what was the president describing?” — this exchange is basically an SNL skit pic.twitter.com/QmREiE2RDy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020
Nick Schifrin, PBS Newshour‘s foreign affairs correspondent, suggested the president may have been referring to the AGM-183 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile, which was approved for purchase by the Air Force in February.
Critics on social media roundly mocked the president’s terminology.
“super duper missile” is objectively funny
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) May 15, 2020
“Super duper missile” is some extremely “raised on Howdy Doody” shit
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) May 15, 2020
“It is obvious our president is beyond incompetent,” tweeted California political activist Eric Garcia, “but how do the people who work for him not bust out laughing at his ridiculous statements.”
‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day poll tax’ in Florida unconstitutional
Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as "a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution."
Civil liberties advocates celebrated after a federal court on Sunday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that would have denied the right to vote to nearly a million recently enfranchised state residents with past felony convictions until they paid all outstanding legal fees, fines, and restitution.
WATCH: Woman screams at Hispanic family for playing ‘Mexican’ music in the park
A white woman this week was caught on camera screaming at a Hispanic family in a park because they were not playing "American music."
In the video, the woman can be seen confronting the family and chiding them for playing what she described as "Mexican" music during their outing in the park.
One of the men in the park objected to her tirade and informed her that "we're not Mexican."
"You are so f*cking disrespectful!" she yelled. "F*ck all this! F*ck this music, it sucks! You're in America!"
"We have as much right to be in America as you do!" the man replied.
"Then play American music!" she screamed back at them, as a man who had come to the park with her tried to pull her away. "Play American music!"
Trump ‘completely blindsided party officials’ by threatening to pull GOP convention out of Charlotte
This Memorial Day, President Trump took aim at North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, saying that Cooper couldn't guarantee that the venue would be filled to capacity.
In a series of tweets, Trump said that although he loves the state of North Carolina so much that he "insisted" on having the convention there.
"Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena," he wrote. "In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space."