The U.S. Space Force has the “full support” of President Joe Biden’s administration and is not under threat of review, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.
Psaki made announced Biden’s position at a Wednesday press briefing after reporters pressed her on statements she’d made the previous day that some Republicans argued insulted the military’s newest branch. Space Force was founded under President Donald Trump’s administration, causing some to wonder whether it would survive into the Biden presidency. (RELATED: Space Force Unveils Official Name For Its Troops)
“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
Jen Psaki clarified today that the Space Force “has the full support of the Biden administration.” pic.twitter.com/CJMuwVR5R3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 3, 2021
Psaki also said the Biden administration was inviting members of the Space Force to update the press on where the branch stood under Biden, reiterating comments she made Tuesday night on Twitter
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
Critics argued Psaki was dismissive of the force when initially asked about it at a Tuesday briefing.
Also Jen Psaki: “Wow, Space Force– it’s the plane of today.” pic.twitter.com/hiadBB7ydz
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 3, 2021
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has yet to specify his plans for the Space Force under his and Biden’s leadership.