Trump says U.S. may soon be fighting wars in space, so he wants to set up a ‘space force’

Could the final frontier soon have its own war-fighting force?

U.S. President Donald Trump seems to think so; on Tuesday he said there may someday be a “space force” fighting alongside the air force, army and other branches of the U.S. military.

Trump was speaking Tuesday about his administration’s investments in space exploration to members of the military when he said that space is becoming a “war-fighting domain.”

In this image released by the U.S. air force, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission four lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, on May 7, 2017.

He says his idea of a new space force had started as an off-the-cuff comment, but he decided it was a great idea.

The remarks drew almost instant ridicule on social media, with Twitter users posting an array of mocking suggestions on what the new ‘force’ might look like.

Trump is talking about a SPACE FORCE

— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) March 13, 2018

enlisting for the space force

— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 13, 2018

Live footage from Trump’s new “Space Force” #SpaceForce

— Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ) March 13, 2018

Trump also says that “very soon we’re going to Mars,” and that that wouldn’t be happening if his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, had won.

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Trump made the remarks as he addressed U.S. marines and other service members at an air base in San Diego after visiting his border wall prototypes.

—With files from the Associated Press

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