Q    Mr. Trump, can you talk about the exciting new space program to the moon, sir?  And what does that mean for both countries?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we’re doing a great program.  We have — Vice President Pence is very much involved.  And we have a tremendous space program.  If you look at our facilities, they were virtually closed up.  There was crabgrass growing on the runways and now they’re vital.

And, you know, we’re doing — we’re doing — we’re going to Mars.  We’re stopping at the moon.  The moon is actually a launching pad.  That’s why we’re stopping at the moon.  I said, “Hey, we’ve done the moon.  That’s not so exciting.”  They said, “No, sir.  It’s a launching pad for Mars.”  So we’ll be doing the Moon.  But we’ll really be doing Mars.  And we’ll be — we’re making tremendous progress.

In addition, rich people like to send up rocket ships.  So between Bezos and Elon Musk and others, we’re leasing them our launch facilities, which you can’t get.  There are no launch facilities like this.  This is big stuff.  So we’re — in Texas and Florida, we’re leasing them our facilities so they can send up whatever they want to send up.  It’s okay with us.  And they’ve actually done very well.  They’ve said they’ve had great success.

But rich people in this country — I don’t know about your country — but they like building rocket ships and sending them up, and it’s okay with us.  (Laughter.)

Q    Will an Australian astronaut be onboard?


Q    Will an Australian astronaut be onboard?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I’ll let it — I think Scott and I would rather take a pass.  Though I don’t know, would you like to be on there?  (Laughter.)  I think — I think — I’m not sure, but I know him pretty well.  I think he and I will take a pass.  But there are a lot people that want to go up.  And I have great respect for the astronauts.  That’s it.  That’s an incredible (inaudible).

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