Move over, Air Force. And some said a military space force may make it harder to keep Earth's orbit a place of peace.
He said some people may argue that a space force would "compromise the sanctity of considering space to be off limits from warfare".
Trump told troops at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego that the new group would be able to encapsulate the "tremendous amount" of work the military and government are doing in space-related defense.More news: New York Giants among teams in the hunt for Nate Solder
The president has made various changes to US space policy during his first year in office.
While visiting California on Tuesday for the first time since he was elected president, Donald Trump made a comment about the need for a new military arm: the "Space Force". We have the air force, we'll have the space force. The Air Force called the mandate "unnecessary", and some have said the corps would be redundant due to the branch's existing space efforts.
Actually, despite Trump's claim of having originating it, the idea of a new branch of the military to be dubbed the "Space Corps" (under the umbrella of the Air Force) was embraced by the House Armed Services Committee in its version of the last defense authorization bill. "We have the Army, the Navy".More news: NFL's Kirk Cousins to sign rare fully guaranteed contract worth $84M
"From the very beginning, many of our astronauts have been soldiers and airmen, coast guard men and marines".
Trump said he recently came up with the idea jokingly but then fell in love with it. "You wouldn't even be thinking about it", Trump said. "Maybe we'll have to do that".
Trump continued by noting that the concept of a space force was one he both thought up and had previously dismissed.More news: Hundreds of women in Microsoft complain of sexual harassment