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Trump: 'Good chance' Space Force will move forward next year

Trump: 'Good chance' Space Force will move forward next year
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President Trump said Tuesday night that there is a “good chance” that next year his administration would be "officially doing our Space Force."

Trump said during a meeting with military leaders that "everyone in the room felt very strongly about Space Force" and they are "pushing it as hard as we can."

"I think we have a good chance next year of officially doing our Space Force," he continued.

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"It's a very, very big thing. It's a legacy for everybody in this room." 

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon under Biden Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE explained that "right now what we’re going to do is set up a combatant command," and that the military would be working with Congress to establish the "Space Force."

Vice President Pence made similar comments about the Space Force earlier Tuesday at a Washington Post event.

Pence indicated that there was bipartisan support for the initiative and that Trump will make it a priority to ensure that the new branch is authorized by Congress next year.