Dem pollster: 'Absurd' to think Congress will approve 'Space Force'

Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg said on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's proposed "Space Force" will most likely not get congressional approval due to what she says is the lack of real planning behind the proposal. 

"If they were serious about this, really serious, they would have a real plan, a real rationale, a real justification," Greenberg, a partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "What America's Thinking." 

"They would have champions in Congress ready to introduce legislation or amend whatever spending bill, but it was sort of like an idea that was thrown out, a logo contest, and I think the notion that anything is going to happen on this is sort of absurd," she continued. 

"Particularly since the Republicans have been advocates of cutting back NASA, and investment in basic research for many, many years. So it's not like there is a real plan for even what it would be or what it would do or how it would be executed in Congress. It does seem like a bit of a joke," she added. 

Trump officially directed the Pentagon in June to establish Space Force as the sixth branch in the U.S. military.

Vice President Pence outlined plans to establish the proposed Space Force earlier this month, saying the agency would "not be built from scratch," but will instead use the individuals already working on U.S. space programs under the Air Force and other branches.

However, congressional approval is required to establish a new military branch. 

House Republicans have been widely receptive to the idea, but senators from both sides of the political aisle have expressed skepticism.

— Julia Manchester