Subject: Pool Report 9- More quotes on Phase 4 + Space Force

Figueroa, Laura
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 2:18 PM
Subject: Pool Report 9- More quotes on Phase 4 + Space Force


As always please double check against transcript.

POTUS asked about Phase 4
"We have all the cards, because we have the cards of the American people I know what they want, and I've always known what they want. That's why I'm sitting here...phase 4 is going to happen...it's going to happen in a much better way for the American people."

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More quotes from the Space Force flag presentation

Secretary Esper: “It's a very historic moment. The United States has been a spacefaring nation for decades, but we know there are adversaries, in the last several years that have weaponized space. They’ve made it a warfighting domain. And so with the establishment of Space Force and establishment of Space Command, the United States is now doing what it needs to do to protect our assets in space and ensure that space remains the heavens by which we not only protect America, but we sustain our economy, we sustain our commercial capabilities,we sustain Americans way of life.”

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General Milley:“It's critical that we're going to sustain our way of life, we're going to defend our nation that we're going to have to defend ourselves in space, and therefore the need for space force and it's a great day for the nation.”

Space Force General John W. Raymond: “We’re proud of this flag. We’re proud to have an opportunity to present it to you.”

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Air Force Secretary Barrett:
“Very few people realize how important space is to everything that we do, and that it’s vulnerable, because we need to up our game in space. And you’ve recognized that and built a force that will help to protect our assets in space and deter aggressive actions in space and if deterrence doesn't work, to be able to defend our assets in space and those of our allies.”

POTUS said we’re “building right now incredible military equipment,” before going on to describe the “Super Duper” missile.

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“We have, I call it the Super Duper Missile, and I heard the other night 17 times faster than what they have right now, when you take the fastest missile we have right now. You’ve heard Russia has five times and China’s working on five or six times, we have one 17 times and it’s just gotten the go ahead.”


Laura Figueroa
White House Reporter
Newsday
Twitter: @Laura_Figueroa
E-mail: xxx@newsday.com

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