A day after her joke about the US Space Force irked numerous military officers, republicans, and citizens, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday claimed that the Biden administration would offer “full support” to the Trump Administration-introduced agency.
In a press briefing following the day where she made a blunder by joking about the US Space Force, Psaki said, “They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration. We are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force.” Her response came to a question from a reporter who asked Psaki if President Joe Biden backed the newest branch of the military branch or whether he would take steps to try to eliminate or diminish it.
Psaki noted that Congress would have to initiate any dismantling of the force. She said the Defense Department’s desire to focus more attention and resources on the security challenges in space has been of bipartisan concern for some time. “Thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force,” Psaki said. “As you know, it was established by Congress and any other steps would actually have to be taken by Congress, not by the administration.”
On Tuesday, on the other hand, Psaki hit the wrong chord when asked about the fate of the US Space Force as she said “Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today!” she said, and called the question “interesting.” After facing flak for her dismissive comment, Psaki was quick to post, “We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come to visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.”
Responding to her comment on Wednesday, Space Force’s Gen. Jay Raymond, said he would take Psaki up on the invitation, saying, “I am very proud of the guardians in the Space Force. I see the value of this force each and every day. I’m willing to talk to anyone about their great work and I’d welcome the opportunity.”
As of now, the Space Force is currently planning to expand its ranks from 2,400 active-duty members to 6,400 by the end of this year.