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Watch: Trump Seems in Outer Space, Buzz Aldrin Incredulous, as Trump Tries to Talk About Science, Mars, and Security

Maybe we should start calling Trump a space cadet.

Photo Credit: Screen Capture from Twitter

In an event at the White House this week, President Donald Trump reestablished the National Space Council to help achieve his stated desire to land a human on Mars within his first term.

The problem was not with renewing the American dream to achieve planetary travel, or even with Trump’s inability to understand Buzz Aldrin’s “Toy Story” quote during his speech. Many at the event were concerned that the president seemed to misunderstand the concept of space.

“At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say how did we do it without space?” Trump asked, as if “space” was one of the scientists on the team.

Reading from his speech, Trump made a poignant comment about “discovery” and a journey that “will not only make us stronger and more prosperous, but will unite us behind grand ambitions and bring us all closer together.”

But the moment was short-lived as Trump ad-libbed, “Wouldn’t that be nice? Can you believe that space is going to do that?

Trump then sat down at the table to sign the executive order.

“I know what this is. Space!” he announced enthusiastically.

Aldrin seemed uncomfortable. “To infinity and beyond!” he joked, while others chuckled. Trump missed the joke.

“This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?” he said and signed the order.

Sarah K. Burris covers digital media and politics for Raw Story. 

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