Trump has been asked by Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican from Northeast Florida, whose district includes the northern tip of Cape Canaveral, to take part in the start of next week but not the actual starting point. Waltz said in an interview on Friday that Trump was “fired on” when the two men discussed the importance of the event for the development of the US space program.
“With everything that is going on, the relaunch of America, the relaunch of our economy, the relaunch of Florida, I find the symbolism really exciting,” said Waltz, who wants to fly with Trump on board Air Force One from Washington.
Trump traveled on about three weeks ago after spending almost two months in the White House during the Coronavius outbreak. It will be his first trip that has nothing to do with the pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence will also be present, his office said on Friday. The White House official, who confirmed Trump̵
The test launch, called Demo-2 Mission, is the first time that NASA has sent astronauts into orbit on board a spacecraft built by a private company. The President has praised the owner of SpaceX extensively in the past, called Musk “one of our great geniuses” and compared him to the inventor Thomas Edison. Musk has been wondering on Twitter for corona virus shutdowns in recent weeks. Last week, he reopened Tesla’s Fremont, California factory against local regulations. Trump praised the move.
It will be the first crew of U.S. astronauts to be launched from American soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. The spacecraft will fly to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A, the pad that Apollo astronauts use to reach the moon.
“President Trump continues to maintain his promise to strengthen American dominance in space,” said the White House official, referring to the establishment of the Space Force, the sixth division of the Armed Forces.
On June 18, 2018, Trump instructed the Department of Defense to begin building the Space Force. It was officially founded on December 6, 2019.
This is the second high profile event this year that Waltz has encouraged Trump to attend in his newly adopted home state. Waltz also encouraged the president to come to the Daytona 500 in February. “NASCAR and NASA – that’s what we do, that’s who we are, it’s in our DNA,” said Waltz in an interview.
Waltz said that it makes sense for Trump to take part in the launch as he focuses again on space exploration, including the creation of the Space Force.
“He appreciates how important it is to Florida’s economy, how important it is to the country,” said Waltz, who noted that the Americans have had to travel from Russia to space since 2011. He said Trump called it “ridiculous” that the United States could not launch spaceships from American soil and vowed “never again”.
“I don’t think many Americans realize that in the past decade we have had to say” mother, may I “to the Russians to get our astronauts into space,” said Waltz.
Trump’s visit comes just a few months before he wants to win in Florida to help with the reelection strategy. He started his re-election campaign in Florida, a state he narrowly won four years ago with almost 113.00 votes against Hillary Clinton.
Trump joked with White House reporters earlier this week that he would be attending the launch. “I’m thinking about it and that will go to the rocket launch next week,” he said. “I hope you all come to me. I would like to put you on the rocket and get rid of you for a while.”
Pence, who previously announced his trip to Florida, will also participate. It will be his second trip to Florida in a week after visiting Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday to announce the reopening of the state amid the pandemic.
“It’s great to be in Florida because I’ll be back in a week because not far from here we’re going to be sending American astronauts out of space for the first time in nearly 10 years with American rockets at Kennedy Space [Center]”Said Pence.
“He was a great advocate for the space industry, both on NASA and on the private sector,” DeSantis replied. “It was a great driver here in the state of Florida. They continue to do good things during this pandemic and will continue to do so in the future.”