One reason Not-President Donald Trump got put in office was his ability to say all the right things to the right people. For instance, we know this man was nowhere near an evangelical or religious man. He may have spiritual beliefs, but Ted Cruz was the man of the evangelicals. However, Trump managed to say what he needed to say to gain their support, even despite the infamous pu**y tape.
With winning the actual Oval Office, he is, of course, still, at times, saying all the right things to fool the people. However, it’s important to keep an eye on his actions and forget what he’s saying.
In a phone call with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, he congratulated her for breaking the national record for the most time in space. Furthermore, it must be noted that Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station, which broke another barrier for women worldwide.
‘Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams.’
In the phone call, Trump really did seem interested. Perhaps, he loved space as a kid. He asked:
‘What are we learning by being in space?’
‘I think probably, the International Space Station is providing a key bridge from us doing living on Earth to going into somewhere into deep space. So, on those Mars missions we need to better understand how microgravity is really affecting our body, and we need to understand it in great detail.’
She also described the type of technology that would be required for a Mars mission to actually be feasible, including technology to provide a closed life-support system. Part of that life-support system is converting urine to clean drinking water. Trump, of course, made a boneheaded comment that makes light of the fact this woman is up in space, away from friends and family, in the name of science. He remarked:
‘Well, that’s good. I’m glad to hear that. Better you than me.’
Trump indeed offered up a $19.5 billion budget for NASA programs; however, it wasn’t much of an increase from last year’s $19.3 billion. Instead, he shifted specific areas that NASA was looking into. Rather than putting an astronaut on an asteroid, he proposed increased focus on sending a mission to Mars.
With the focus and seeming interest in NASA, you’d think more science ventures would be funded; however, in his budget proposal he cut plenty, including saving our own planet Earth.
In his budget proposal, he proposed cutting the Department of Education funding by 13.5 percent. Cutting funding for education would affect 20 programs in the department. The idea of children receiving an education good enough to become an astronaut or NASA engineer decreased with that budget cut.
Furthermore in his NASA budget proposal, the NASA education office funding would have been cut by $115 million. There would be no more camps and internships that reach out to everyone, including women and minorities who are horribly underrepresented in scientific fields.
More interesting is the fact that he proposed programs that would do away with three satellites that would have studied global warming and ocean health. Rather than study the adverse affects of climate change and the possibility of what it could do to human civilization, Trump has funded a trip to Mars, which leads one to assume that Trump’s train of thought was this while working on his budget proposal – “Eh, we trashed Earth. Let’s get a new one.”
Though he may have funded NASA like a little kid decorating his entire room in space décor, there were so many other scientific endeavors that were cut in his budget proposals, it’s mind boggling. He’s proposed doing away with the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program. He offered up huge cuts to the National Institutes of Health (including cancer research), a 50 percent cut to the EPA’s Office of Research, federal climate studies, and the Sea Grant program entirely.
Trump may present himself as a friend to science through NASA. However, he is no friend to science. He forgot that so much more scientific study goes into fueling NASA. More importantly, he’s forgotten the care and safety of our own planet and is only focused on going to another planet and screwing that one up too.
You can watch Trump’s phone call with Whitson below.
“Better you than me,” President Trump says when Peggy Whitman tells him they are purifying urine for drinking water https://t.co/yGc7PryhVa
— CNN (@CNN) April 24, 2017
Featured image via screenshot of video.