The House Armed Services Committee’s top Republican is calling on White House press secretary Jen Psaki to “immediately apologize” for appearing to poke fun at the Space Force in Tuesday’s briefing.
“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 funny,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).
“The Space Force was passed with near unanimous support in Congress, the same type of ‘unity’ President Biden is supposedly working towards,” he continued. “Jen Psaki needs to immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment.”
At Tuesday’s briefing, Psaki was asked if Biden had made any decisions on the future of the Space Force, which was established by Congress in December 2019 with support from the Trump administration.
“Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today,” Psaki responded, seemingly comparing the question to an earlier one about the color scheme of Air Force One. “It is an interesting question. I am happy to check with our Space Force point of contact. I’m not sure who that is. I will find out and see if we have any update on that.”
Experts widely believe the Biden administration will maintain the Space Force, because it would take action on Capitol Hill to eliminate the branch.
A Space Force spokesperson declined to comment. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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