Biden White House changes tone, upholds President Trump's Space Force

Cheryl Sanders
February 4, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration can not release visitor logs from the Trump White House because they are "under the purview of the National Archives", reports The Hill.

The White House said on Tuesday it would look into whether it can make visitor logs from former President Donald Trump's administration public, a move that will be in line with the Biden administration's vow to release its own records.

The reporter who asked the Space Force question pushed back against Psaki's reaction, which elicited a response from the press secretary.

At the same time, should the US Congress or law enforcement need these records, they might try to get limited access to them.

Psaki was criticized after her February 2 briefing when she made light of a reporter's question on what decisions Biden would make on the Space Force, suggesting the issue was not sufficiently important for the president to be concerned about. Undoing the Space Force would require congressional approval. "Jen Psaki needs to immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment".

Psaki three weeks ago said Biden would resume the tradition, "for the sake of clarity".

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a founding member of the House Space Force Caucus, also criticized the remarks.

Trump signed an executive order in 2018 directing the Department of Defense to create the Space Force, and signed a defense bill in 2019 that established it as a sixth branch of the military to deal with national space security and developing threats. But what more disturbed me was, today, after she had been informed that it was a serious branch of the military dealing with a serious threat, she couldn't bring herself to say: 'I made a mistake, ' " Rogers said.

The Space Force "absolutely has the full support of the Biden administration". "I see the value of this force each and every day".

In 2020, the Department of Defense released a strategy for how to maintain us superiority in space.

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