Trump Today: President touts ‘Space Force’ and holds prison-reform roundtable

‘Space Force all the way!’ Trump tweets
Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House on June 18.
On Thursday, he touted his proposed ‘Space Force’ in a tweet.

President Donald Trump touted his proposed “Space Force” on Thursday, as he prepared to host a roundtable on prison reform at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

‘ALL THE WAY’ FOR SPACE FORCE

Trump tweeted “Space Force all the way!” as Vice President Mike Pence outlined goals to have the proposed military branch operational by 2020. Trump didn’t go beyond his tweet, but Pence said in a speech that the president wants Congress to authorize $8 billion over the next five years to launch the effort.

The group Taxpayers for Common Sense called the idea “a waste of money,” noting the existence of the Air Force Space Command and the Navy’s and Army’s space-related operations.

Trump was due to meet with governors, state attorneys general and other officials on prison reform. The president backs the First Step Act, which passed the House in May. The measure would provide $250 million over five years to develop programs that reduce recidivism and give prisoners incentives for good behavior.

Trump also tweeted an endorsement for Florida Rep. Ted Yoho and once again criticized the special counsel’s Russia probe, calling it a “Rigged Witch Hunt.” The president’s lawyers have reportedly rejected Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s terms for an interview in the probe. Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s associates colluded with Russia to interfere in the presidential election, as well as whether Trump tried to obstruct justice. Trump denies collision and obstruction.