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Trump wants U.S. to dominate space

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Published on June 18, 2018 - Duration: 01:14s

Trump wants U.S. to dominate space

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the establishment of a sixth branch of the military to clear the way for American dominance of space.

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Trump wants U.S. to dominate space

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the establishment of a sixth branch of the military to clear the way for American dominance of space.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space.

We must have American dominance in space," Trump said before a meeting of his National Space Council.

"We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the 'Space Force.'

Separate but equal.

It is going to be something.

So important," he said later.

The United States, however, is a member of the Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes.

Trump also signed a directive on the management of traffic and debris in space.

The announcements were his administration's latest moves to scale up U.S. space exploration.

The United States wants to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a preparatory step towards sending astronauts back there for the first time since 1972, a NASA official said on Monday.

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