Ivanka Trump is having a good time clowning around Washington, D.C., and occasionally lending her face to something significant while her father pursues a reckless agenda at home and abroad.
On Monday, President Trump continued on with his tradition of signing meaningless documents with his signing of “Space Policy Directive 1,” which is meant to jumpstart the efforts to get Americans back on the moon and eventually to Mars.
Trump’s move, as Reuters reports, was in response to China having said this past summer that their country was making “preliminary” preparations to send a person to the moon.
On the occasion of the signing, Trump commented that “we are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many fold,” adding a comment that “space has so much to do with so many other applications, including a military application,” something Reuters says that President Trump did not elaborate upon.
In attendance at the signing ceremony were former astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jack Schmitt, and current astronaut Peggy Whitson, “whose 665 days in orbit is more time in space than any other American and any other woman worldwide,” as Reuters reports. Also in attendance were astronauts Christina Koch and Sandy Magnus.
Aldrin was widely noted for reacting very openly to an address from President Trump at the White House earlier this year in which he spoke about the re-establishment of the National Space Council.
Trump was widely derided at the time for his strange remarks about space exploration.
He rambled on strangely about security at one point, saying “at one point we are going to look back and say how did we do it without space.”
This is a bit of Trump’s remarks about space today during his E.O. signing. Just listen (and watch Buzz Aldrin’s face). pic.twitter.com/hrUFAUpptX
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2017
Toward the end of the ceremony, he remarked strangely about the nature of outer space, saying:
‘It could be infinity. We don’t really know, but it could be. It has to be something, but it could be infinity, right?’
At the time of that June event, Trump hadn’t even nominated someone to serve as NASA Administrator, although he’s since done so, nominating the controversial Oklahoma Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
At the December ceremony marking Trump signing the new national space policy, there was no shortage of strange remarks, with Vice President Mike Pence commenting:
‘Under President Trump’s leadership, America will lead in space once again on all fronts. As the President has said, space is the ‘next great American frontier’ – and it is our duty – and our destiny – to settle that frontier with American leadership, courage, and values. The signing of this new directive is yet another promise kept by President Trump.’
What is this, “manifest destiny” all over again?
Ivanka Trump posted a message to Twitter this Monday as if there is no reason to be concerned here, captioning photos of her with the astronauts in attendance by writing:
‘Today with some of my personal heroes, Astronauts Peggy Whitson, Christina Koch, Sandy Magnus, Jack Schmitt and Buzz Aldrin, celebrating American leadership in space and our commitment to sending astronauts to the Moon and beyond.’
Check it out below.
Today with some of my personal heroes, Astronauts Peggy Whitson, Christina Koch, Sandy Magnus, Jack Schmitt and Buzz Aldrin, celebrating American leadership in space and our commitment to sending astronauts to the Moon and beyond. #STEM #NASA ? pic.twitter.com/6wZSKBsieW
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 11, 2017
Check out Twitter replies to Ivanka below.
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