Crowd Chants 'Space Force' at Trump Rally in Minnesota

June 21, 2018

The crowd at President Donald Trump's rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Wednesday night erupted into a chant of "Space Force."

The rally and chant came just two days after Trump directed the Pentagon to begin the creation of a Space Force as a new branch of the military.

"Our beautiful ancestors won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism and put a man on the face of the moon," Trump said. "And I think you saw the other day we're reopening NASA. We're going to be going to space."

"Space Force, Space Force, Space Force, Space Force!" the crowd chanted.

"Space Force! So we have the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard, but we have the Air Force. Now we're going to have the Space Force because it's a whole—we need it. We need it," Trump said.

"As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, we will never, ever fail. There is no place like our place," Trump said.

Trump has made a point of saying that there would be a difference and separation of the Air Force and Space Force. A reason for its development is to ensure future dominance as rivals such as China continue to develop new technologies to further their capabilities in space, which has largely been dominated by the United States and Russia.

The Space Force would also presumably be separate from NASA, a government agency that works with the military and is responsible for the civilian space program.