Trump's Space Force decree followed frustration more than Pentagon's rejection of strategy
President Donald Trump&rsquos call this week for a separate U.S. &ldquospace force&rdquo was the culmination of months of aggravation more than what he felt was a lack of Pentagon action on his initial suggestions about the topic, according to individuals familiar with the selection.
The announcement on Monday&mdashwhich shocked numerous military officials, senior aerospace business executives and lawmakers&mdashwent against nicely-identified opposition by Pentagon leaders to the idea of establishing  a new branch of the U.S. armed forces.
&ldquoHe doesn&rsquot forget, and eventually erupts when he feels slighted.&rdquo
The week before, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the service&rsquos senior commanders gathered for a approach session in Dayton, Ohio, but none had an inkling about Mr. Trump&rsquos impending announcement on Monday, according to one of these people, who attended the sessions.
The evolution of Mr. Trump&rsquos concept of a space force, the people familiar with the problem said, reflects his management style. He sometimes delivers seemingly ad hoc ideas in public, but at some point expects aides and cabinet officials to follow up with distinct implementation plans.
If Mr. Trump feels appointees are dragging their feet, he may abruptly demand action, sometimes in a dramatic and public style. That was the case with the space force.
&ldquoHe doesn&rsquot neglect, and eventually erupts when he feels slighted,&rdquo according to 1 former higher-level market and government official close to the Trump administration. White House officials did not respond to a request for comment.
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Published at Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:30:00 +0000