White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki walked back remarks from yesterday’s daily press briefing in which she mocked Space Force and admitted she didn’t know who the contact person was for America’s newest military branch, of which President Biden is Commander-in-Chief over.
“It’s the plane of tomorrow” Psaki said sarcastically after being asked a question on the Biden administration’s stance towards Space Force.
Psaki later tweeted she looked forward to continuing the work of Space Force, an indication that there are no plans to ax the program.
Getting rid of it would be especially difficult even if the administration saw no need for the program, considering it was passed with near unanimous support in Congress.
Rep. Mike Rogers from Alabama is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and demanded Psaki “immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment.”
While jokes have been aplenty on social media, the need for having a branch dedicated to outer space, given modern technological advancements, is something in which both parties agree, with particular concern placed on Russia and China, geopolitical foes who have increased focus on anti-satellite missile tests.