Trump says he ‘single-handedly’ sent Space Command to Alabama after Air Force denied decision was politically motivated
U.S. President Donald Trump displays the "Space Policy Directive 4" after signing the directive establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young

Former president Donald Trump claimed Friday morning he "single-handedly" selected Alabama as the home for the "Space Force" — even though Air Force officials have previously insisted the decision was not politically motivated.

"Space Force — I sent to Alabama," Trump said in a telephone interview on the Alabama-based syndicate radio show "Rick&Bubba."

"I hope you know that," he added. "(They) said they were looking for a home and I single-handedly said, 'Let's go to Alabama.' They wanted it. I said let's go to Alabama. I love Alabama."

Trump is set to hold a MAGA rally in Cullman, Alabama, on Saturday. reports that in January, the Air Force selected Huntsville over five other finalists as the home of Space Command, which is the official name of the organization that's set to relocate to Alabama (Space Force is based at the Pentagon). Lawmakers from Colorado, one of the other finalists, have criticized the decision, alleging it was politically motivated.

Republican Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn said during a congressional hearing in June that his "understanding is that this was a political decision by the last administration and that the Air Force, while initially selecting Colorado Springs, had to go back and scramble to justify a different siting decision."

John Roth, acting Secretary of the Air Force, denied those charges.

"I have personally no evidence that the decision was politically motivated," Roth told Congress. "It was the result of our strategic basing process, and we have worked with all the stakeholders to try to do the analysis and we're now in the process of doing the environmental analysis."