Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump’s proposal for a new space organization and politicization of the military:

“It is extremely inappropriate for President Trump to politicize the U.S. military by having his campaign ask supporters to choose a logo for a proposed branch of the armed forces. Mixing organizational decisions about national security with private political efforts should not occur. President Trump has displayed a tendency to politicize U.S. national security and our men and women in uniform for his own benefit. That must stop.

“The House Armed Services Committee has been working to increase the U.S. military’s focus on space for many years, including an effort to create a Space Corps in the National Defense Authorization Act. If and when President Trump provides a comprehensive legislative proposal for a new space organization, Congress will review it, and we will continue working in Congress to develop a solution that we assess will best protect the United States.”