President Trump on Friday held an event in the Oval Office to unveil the official flag to be used by the Space Force, the newest branch of the military.
The president signed a proclamation denoting Armed Forces Day alongside military leaders after the flag was unfurled.
“Space is going to be the future, both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things,” Trump said as the U.S. COIVD-19 death toll neared 88,000 on Friday. “And already, from what I’m hearing and based on reports, we’re now the leader in space.”
“This is really to unfurl the flag, but we’ve been doing this now for quite awhile,” he added.
The flag is dark blue with a delta wing, an elliptical orbit and three large stars that are intended to symbolize the Space Force’s purpose of organizing, training and equipping, according to the White House. It is the first new military flag to be unveiled in 72 years.
During Friday’s unveiling of the flag, Trump alluded to the development of a new U.S. military asset.
“We have, I call it the super-duper missile,” Trump said, explaining that it could travel “17 times faster than what they have right now.”
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A Pentagon spokesman was asked about the “super-duper missile” during a subsequent press call and referred reporters back to the White House.