The White House denied a rumour that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson—shown here in Washington on Sept. 20— might lose her job over a September proposal about the Space Force. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber Smith.
The Trump administration Friday categorically denied a report that
President Trump is considering firing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson over
her handling of the administration’s Space Force proposal.
ForeignPolicy.com reported Thursday that Trump is
considering firing Wilson after next month’s mid-term elections and replacing
her with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), a proponent of a separate space force.
“There is no discussion by the President to oust Air Force Secretary
Heather Wilson—all reporting to the contrary is simply false,” said White House
deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters in a statement emailed to Air Force
Magazine Friday. Added chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White in a statement:
"This is nonsense. The Department of Defense leadership team is focused on
defending our great nation and working together to be worthy of the blood,
treasure, and faith entrusted to us by the American people."
Wilson last month sent
a proposal to the Defense Department for creating the responsibilities and
structure of a future space force, with its own secretary and chief, which
Wilson estimated would cost some $13 billion over five years. But the plan was
widely criticized by Rogers, who
chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, as well as by
the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ budget director Todd Harrison, who
called Wilson’s pricetag “the highest estimate I think you could possibly come
Inside the Air Force, however, Wilson is seen as an advocate for the
split, but only as long as the new service gets all the resources it truly
needs to be an equal and independent military branch.
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