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Trump's Space Force could be one giant leap into a tricky situation

Experts still aren’t sure how the sixth military branch would actually work.
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Trump addresses the National Space Council at the White House on June 18, 2018.

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At a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House on Monday, President Trump announced that he was directing the Department of Defense to create a “Space Force” as a sixth branch of the military.

Initially scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT, the meeting started 45 minutes late and opened with remarks from President Trump. After first discussing employment numbers, immigration, and other varied topics, Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to create a sixth branch of the military, a “Space Force,” and he tasked Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with carrying out that assignment.

Trump spent just one minute and. The administration is currently facing a public backlash to its immigration policy of at the border. During the remaining hour and a half of the Council’s meeting—which Trump was not present for—the topic of the Space Force did not resurface, leaving many aspects of Trump’s instruction to Dunford a mystery.

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