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article imageOp-Ed: Trump touts new military asset — A 'Super-Duper missile'

By Karen Graham     May 17, 2020 in Politics
President Donald Trump on Friday boasted that the US military is developing a new "super-duper" missile that he claimed can travel 17-times faster than anything in the current arsenal, a claim the Pentagon was unwilling to confirm.
"We are building, right now, incredible military equipment at a level that nobody has ever seen before. We have no choice. We have to do it with the adversaries we have out there. We have, I call it the super-duper missile, and I heard the other night — 17 times faster than what they have right now," Trump said at a White House event to sign the 2020 Armed Forces Day Proclamation, according to The Hill.
"You take the fastest missile we have right now -- you've heard Russia has five times, and China is working on five or six times. We have one 17 times. And it's just gotten the go-ahead," Trump added.
Trump's off-the-cuff remarks were made during a Defense Department presentation of the official flag of the military's newest branch of service - The Space Force, according to the Associated Press.
The Space Force, established in December 2019, is the first new military service since the U.S. Air Force was established in 1947. The dark blue and white flag includes elements intended to evoke the vast recesses of outer space.
President Donald J. Trump  joined by Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and US Space Force S...
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and US Space Force Senior Enlisted Advisor CMSgt Roger Towberman, signs an Armed Forces Day Proclamation Thursday, May 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House.
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
To say Trump's remarks caught the Pentagon and Defense Department officials off-guard wo0uld be an understatement. Even White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was unable to elaborate on what Trump was talking about, according to CNN, and referred reporters to the Pentagon.
However, four hours after the flag presentation, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman did not directly address the President's remarks but confirmed in a tweet that the Pentagon is developing hypersonic missiles which it defines as being able to travel five times the speed of sound.
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Carver told CNN, "We will not discuss capabilities of any systems we may or may not have under development."
And, of course, social media users have had fun with the "super-duper missile" remark. Here are a couple of remarks from Twitter users:
And one last Tweet, to sort of sum it all up -
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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