President Donald Trump offered congratulatory remarks after the launch of the NASA/SpaceX rocket on Saturday afternoon, calling it a “beautiful sight.”
“It’s incredible, the technology, the power. I’m so proud of the people at NASA, all the people that worked together, public and private. When you see a sight like that it’s incredible,” Trump said.
The rocket launch, which took place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marked the first American astronauts from American soil on an American made rocket in nearly a decade. In attendance at the event was Trump, who was not wearing a face mask, alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, who also were without face masks. Noticeably absent was first lady Melania Trump.
The two NASA astronauts onboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft are Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.
Trump spoke to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the launch.
“I speak to him all the time. Great guy. He’s one of our great brains, we like great brains, and Elon’s done a fantastic job,” Trump said.
Trump also said he spoke with the astronauts prior to Saturday’s launch, saying he told them, “God bless you.” He praised the astronauts for having a lot of courage.
Trump praised America as “the leader of the world again” in space travel and talked about a future mission to Mars.
When asked about what this launch means coming amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests across the country, Trump called it “such a great inspiration for our country.”