Trump was called to attend the launch next week by resp. Michael Waltz, a Republican from Northeast Florida whose district includes the northern tip of Cape Canaveral but not the actual launch site. In a Friday interview, Waltz said Trump was “fired” when the two men discussed the importance of the event for the development of the US space program.
“With everything that’s happening, the rebuilding of America, the rebuilding of our economy, the rebuilding of Florida, the symbolism that I think is really exciting,” said Waltz, who plans to fly aboard Air Force One from Washington with Trump to the event. .
Trump resumed his trip about three weeks ago after spending nearly two months at the White House during the Coronavius epidemic. This will be his first non-pandemic trip. Vice President Mike Pence will also attend, his office said Friday. A White House official who confirmed Trump̵
The test launch, called the Demo-2 mission, will mark the first time NASA will send astronauts into orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company. In the past, the president has garnered lavish praise from the owner of SpaceX, calling Musk “one of our great geniuses” and comparing him to inventor Thomas Edison. Musk, in recent weeks on Twitter, focused on coronavirus-related stops. Last week, he reopened Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California, against local regulations. Trump praised the move.
This will be the first crew of US astronauts to be launched from US space since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. The spacecraft will depart from launch complex 39A, the pad used by Apollo astronauts to reach the moon to travel to the International Space Station. station,
“President Trump continues to keep his promise to reaffirm American dominance in space,” a White House spokesman said, referring to the creation of the Space Force, the sixth branch of the military.
On June 18, 2018, Trump directed the Department of Defense to begin creating a space force. It was officially established on December 6, 2019.
This is the second highly professional event this year that Waltz encouraged Trump to attend in his new country. Waltz also encouraged the president to come to the Daytona 500 in February. “NASCAR and NASA – that’s what we do, that’s who we are, that’s in our DNA,” Waltz said in an interview.
Waltz said it made sense for Trump to attend the launch, as he insisted on a new focus on space exploration, including the creation of space forces.
“He appreciates it for how important it is to Florida’s economy, how important it is to the country,” said Waltz, who noted that since 2011, Americans have had to leave Russia. He said Trump called it “ridiculous” that the United States had failed to launch spacecraft from American soil and swore “never again.”
“I don’t think a lot of Americans realize that we have to have ‘mother’ of the Russians over the last decade to get our astronauts into space,” Waltz said.
Trump’s visit comes just months before he relies on winning in Florida to help with the re-election strategy. He launched his re-election campaign in Florida, a state she won with nearly 113.00 votes for Hillary Clinton four years ago.
Trump joked with White House reporters earlier this week that he would attend the launch. “I’m thinking of going, and this will be next week, to the rocket launch,” he said. “I hope you will all join me. I’d like to put you on the rocket, get rid of you for a while. “
Pence, who previously announced his trip to Florida, will also be present. This will be his second trip to Florida in a week after visiting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday to announce the resumption of the state amid the pandemic.
“It’s great to be in Florida, because I’ll be back in a week, because not far from here, for the first time in nearly 10 years, we’re going to send American astronauts back into space in American rockets from Kennedy Space. [Center]said Pence.
“He was a big supporter of the space industry with respect to NASA, as well as the private sector,” DeSantis said. “It was a great driver here in Florida. They continue to do good things even through this pandemic and will move forward.”