Colorado governor and Colorado Springs mayor react to former President Trump’s remarks on U.S. Space Command moving to Alabama

Digital anchor Jon Wiener breaks down the latest in the Space Command relocation saga, following former President Trump's interview on an Alabama radio station.
Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 12:27 PM MDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2021 at 7:09 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - In an interview with a radio show on Friday, former President Donald Trump said he “single-handedly” picked Alabama as the new home for U.S. Space Command.”

The announcement by the former president confirmed earlier reports by 11 News partner The Gazette.

Back in January, the U.S. Air Force announced Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama as the preferred location for Space Command. Currently, the command is housed at Peterson Space Force Base (formally Peterson Air Force Base) in Colorado Springs since its re-establishment in 2019. Colorado leaders were disappointed in the decision to move Space Command to Alabama and even questioned the selection process.

“Colorado is the natural home for Space Command,” Gov. Polis and Lt. Governor Primavera said in a joint statement. “These callous comments fly in the face of Coloradans, military families, and those who have worked to cultivate our aerospace ecosystem that is suited to guarantee the operational success of U.S. Space Command and deliver the best value to taxpayers. Keeping U.S. Space Command in Colorado means protecting our national security but it’s clear that the former President - now through his own admission - made this misguided decision for political or personal purposes. Unfortunately, this poor decision could cost taxpayers billions of dollars, hurt military readiness, and would be fiscally irresponsible. We urge the federal government to truly restore integrity to the process.”

The final decision on the permanent home for Space Command is expected to be made in the spring of 2023.

You can watch the full interview with Trump from Rick & Bubba below:

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers released the following statement:

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