President Donald Trump jokingly stated to reporters that he would like to launch reporters into space in order to get rid of them for some time. His remarks were made during a press conference outside the White House on Thursday.
According to The Hill, the President was talking about the upcoming NASA and SpaceX rocket launch on Wednesday, which would mark NASA’s first manned mission sent from US soil since 2011.
The launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida is also the first manned launch in the world’s history using a privately built rocket and capsule.
“I’m thinking about going, that’ll be next week, to the rocket launch,” Trump said when asked about the launch. “I hope you’re all going to join me. I’d like to put you in the rocket and get rid of you for a while.”
Trump has regularly got into a spar with the press since taking office. In March, the President commented during a coronavirus briefing that the press has been “much nicer” to him since fewer reporters are attending the daily briefings due to social distancing while adding that he thought some were still “sitting too close.”
“You’re actually sitting too close,” Trump said at one point on March 19. “Really, we should probably get rid of about 75, 80 percent of you. I’ll have just two or three of you that I like in this room. I think that’s a great way of doing it.”