Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki Delivers White House Briefing

Elias Hubbard
February 4, 2021

The White House said on Tuesday it would look into whether it can make visitor logs from former President Donald Trump's administration public, a move that will be in line with the Biden administration's vow to release its own records.

"We are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force", she said.

Although the idea of a separate service for space originated in Congress and developed bipartisan support, Trump's involvement in its establishment - which included his campaign selling Space Force-branded merchandise and recommending that his wife, Melania Trump, design the uniforms - made it a pop culture punching bag, as exemplified by the Netflix comedy series "Space Force".

Trump signed an executive order in 2018 directing the Department of Defense to create the Space Force, and signed a defense bill in 2019 that established it as a sixth branch of the military to deal with national space security and developing threats.

Psaki on Wednesday finally had a response to the question of what President Biden plans to do with the Space Force.

"I would say that it's not the role of the president or the role of the White House press secretary to do analysis on the, you know, fissures in the Republican Party and the actions that may be taken in Congress as a result", she said.

In response to Psaki's remarks, Rogers said in a statement, according to Politico, "It's concerning to see the Biden administration's press secretary blatantly diminish an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke, which I'm sure China would find amusing".

"This is such a good question", Psaki replied (via Fox News). Biden's administration is setting up a task force on family separation that will oversee the process of reuniting separated families.

"I am very proud of the guardians in the Space Force", Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations, said at a virtual event with defense writers. "I'm willing to talk to anyone about their great work and I'd welcome the opportunity".

Later that night, Psaki tweeted that the Biden administration would continue working with the Space Force, but did not outright confirm that officials would continue to support the new service.

The force is planning to expand its ranks from 2,400 active-duty members to 6,400 by the end of this year.

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