U.S. Space Command could spend another 10 months in limbo after President Donald Trump spurned a full-press lobbying effort from Colorado and steered clear of a commitment.
The president wasn't off his plane before Colorado's Democratic Gov. Jared Polis got aboard to twist Trump's arm in a bid to keep the command that's temporarily housed at Peterson Air Force Base. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and Republican U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn tried their charms to win the command. No decision.
Trump did praise Colorado Springs while claiming his title as the father of the new Space Force that serves here.
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"You are being very strongly considered for the space command, very strongly," Trump told a capacity crowd of 10,000 inside The Broadmoor World Arena and hundreds more who stood outside in the cold to watch him on a screen set up for the event.
Trump said he will decide where to house the command by the end of 2020, possibly after the November election. The decision was originally due last summer, and the delay has gone unexplained by the Pentagon.
Trump's implied personal involvement in the decision is a rarity for the White House, which in the past two administrations has steered clear of basing decisions which are generally settled in the Pentagon.