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Trump comments on Space Command draw local criticism

 

Last updated 8/25/2021 at 10:17am | View PDF



Local officials are chiming in with plenty of reaction after former President Donald Trump announced on a radio show last week that he “single-handedly” decided to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs to Alabama.

“Former President Trump has admitted what we already knew: that he made a strictly political decision to move Space Command and completely disregarded both critical national security and budgetary considerations,” U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper said. “This is exactly why we’ve called for a review and reconsideration of the decision. We look forward to the Air Force doing just that — looking at what is best for our national security — and making sure Space Command is located where it belongs: in Colorado Springs.”

In January, the Air Force announced that Huntsville, Alabama, would be the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command. Following this announcement, reports surfaced that Trump had politicized the decision process to relocate Space Command from its provisional headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Shortly after, a bipartisan group of elected officials began lobbying for a full federal probe into the decision, urging President Joe Biden to halt the process until questions could be answered.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers issued the following statement:

“We have maintained throughout the process that the permanent basing decision for U.S. Space Command was not made on merit. The admission by former President Trump that he ‘single-handedly’ directed the move to Huntsville, Alabama, supports our position. Our local governments and our Congressional delegation will continue to press our case in Congress and at the White House to re-examine and ultimately overturn the move in the best interest of our nation... Colorado Springs exclusively has the established workforce, infrastructure, collaborative bases and communications capabilities to continue this vital mission. We remain ready to continue to serve as our nation’s military space headquarters in the interest of security, efficiency and cost savings.”

The El Paso Board of County Commissioners issued the following statement:

El Paso County will continue to work with our local stakeholders and Congress to reverse the decision to move U.S. Space Command and support the country’s strategic defense needs. On its merits, it is obvious Space Command needs to stay in Colorado Springs. It makes no sense to spend billions of taxpayer dollars and gain no mission enhancement by moving Space Command from its current location, the home to many critical space missions. We look forward to a final decision from the Administration and Congress to keep Space Command where it is in Colorado.

Trump’s comments on the matter were made during an on-air interview on Alabama radio show called “The Rick & Bubba Show.” Recordings of the segment are available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6wCpFI5zH4 starting around the 11:50 mark.

 

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