After mocking the Space Force from the White House briefing room Tuesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed the Biden Administration's "full support" for the newest branch of the U.S. military.
"They [Space Force] absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration. We are not revisiting the decision to establish a Space Force. The desire of the Department of Defense to focus greater attention and resources on the growing security challenges in space has long been a bipartisan issue informed by numerous independent commissions and studies conducted across multiple administrations. Thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force, as you know, it was established by Congress and any other steps would have to be taken by Congress, not by the administration," Psaki said, adding she has not spoken to President Biden about whether he will move forward with plans to put a man back on the moon by 2024.
Fox News's @KristinFisher, whose parents were both astronauts, challenges White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on her refusal to apologize for mocking the Space Force at yesterday’s briefing pic.twitter.com/7Qg3JuRCrC— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) February 3, 2021
"We are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force," @PressSec says— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) February 3, 2021
"They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration," @PressSec says today regarding Space Force, adding they are not revisiting the decision to establish the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 3, 2021
Last night, Psaki attempted to clarify her remarks through a tweet after backlash from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 3, 2021