Biden White House says cannot release Trump visitor logs
Feb 04 2021
White House press secretary Jen Psaki found herself in hot water on Tuesday after she appeared to mock the Space Force, the US military's newest branch, during her daily press briefing.
The Space Force was created as a separate branch of the US military by Trump, who spoke enthusiastically about the need for a force to protect American interests in orbit and celebrated its new flag in an Oval Office ceremony.
Psaki said she was not aware of any assessment of Trump's visitor logs and was not sure whether it is "technically possible" but would ask her team if they have access to the records and if they plan to look at them.
"Yeah", Concha agreed. "We've seen Jen Psaki, time and again, say she has to circle back on certain information". Undoing the Space Force would require congressional approval.
Following the briefing, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) asked the White House to "immediately apologize" for what he called Psaki's "disgraceful comment" on the Space Force, according to Politico.
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".
The Space Force "absolutely has the full support of the Biden administration".
Waltz wrote later on Twitter, "While the Biden Administration continues to think about whether or not the #CCP is a threat, China is working overtime to become the dominant force in space". This was the first time in 70 years that a new branch would be added, aimed at putting the United States at the forefront of space exploration and strategic imperative. "However, I think it's pretty unlikely that Biden would seriously try to eliminate Space Force at this point".
In 2020, the Department of Defense released a strategy for how to maintain USA superiority in space.