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 MattisShanahan drama shocks Capitol Hill, leaving Pentagon rudderless Top nuclear official quietly left Pentagon in April Top nuclear official quietly left Pentagon in April 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.