Trump blasts NASA plans for moon return, despite his own policy

Trump blasts NASA plans for moon return, despite his own policy

His criticism of Nasa for "talking about going to the moon" came just three weeks after Trump championed the idea of a lunar visit. "They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!" the commander in chief tweeted from aboard Air Force One while returning from D-Day commemoration in France.

President Trump seemed to question his own accelerated human space program Friday afternoon with a surprise tweet saying NASA "should NOT be talking about going to the Moon". Those plans stem directly from a Trump administration Space Policy Directive 1 the president signed in late 2017.

Trump appeared frustrated that NASA said it is turning its attention to the moon and not Mars.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the additional money represented "a down payment on NASA's efforts to land humans on the moon by 2024".

CNN's Haley Bird pointed out that the president's statement, despite its awkward phrasing, may refer to "the fact that NASA's plans for Mars exploration deeply involve the Moon". This interpretation seems at odds with his apparent newfound dislike of NASA's moon mission.

Hours after NASA announced it will allow private companies and astronauts to use the International Space Station as the agency continues to focus on returning Americans to the moon in the coming years, President Donald Trump blasted the agency in a strongly worded tweet. At that time, the president tweeted "we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars".

There are probably some frantic emails flying between NASA headquarters and the White House right now.

Cavuto reportedly told the TV cable network that Nasa is "refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will, but didn't we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?"

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