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Trump says he ‘single-handedly’ made decision to move Space Command to Alabama

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- In January, a high-level government source told KRDO that the decision to move Space Command was made by former President Donald Trump in an effort to gain favor in Alabama. Friday, Trump said on a radio show that he "single-handedly" made the call.

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Space Command is currently based in Colorado Springs, but Trump announced that it would move to its permanent home at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. That decision has since prompted several investigations by the Department of Defense and the Government Accountability Office.

Trump was interviewed Friday on the syndicated radio show Rick & Bubba, which is based out of Birmingham, Alabama. During the interview, Trump referred to the decision for Space Command's permanent home and said he solely made the decision.

Courtesy: Rick & Bubba Show

"They were looking for a home, and I single-handedly said let's go to Alabama," Trump said on the show. "They wanted it, I said let's go to Alabama; I love Alabama."

AL.com was the first to report the news after the interview. You can watch a replay of the interview on YouTube.

Space Command will stay at Peterson Air Force Base for the next few years while a transition plan is made, but local lawmakers in the past have called for an intervention. Congressman Doug Lamborn, who has repeatedly made efforts to keep Space Command in Colorado Springs, said the decision was political in nature.

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"We have two senators, who while doing a good job as Democrats, they are not and were not supportive of Donald Trump's agenda, whereas the Republican Senators from Alabama historically have been," Lamborn said in a statement in March.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was also critical of the decision in January, and he issued a statement Friday in response to Trump's revelation.

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“We have maintained throughout the process that the permanent basing decision for U.S. Space Command was not made on merit," Suthers said in a statement. "The admission by former President Trump that he ‘single-handedly’ directed the move to Huntsville, Alabama, supports our position. Our local governments and our Congressional delegation will continue to press our case in Congress and at the White House to re-examine and ultimately overturn the move in the best interest of our nation."

After the news broke in January about Trump's intervention in the Space Command decision, the Air Force did release a statement saying Huntsville was the "preferred choice" and showed that Huntsville was better than Colorado Springs in at least 10 categories, including cost of living.

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In January, the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Commission said the loss of Space Command could cost 1,400 jobs and $450 million in economic impact to the area.

Lawmakers have said the decision can be overturned, and Colorado's Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper were working on convincing President Joe Biden to do so.

Following our report, Gov. Jared Polis and Rep. Lamborn issued statements about the new details.

Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colorado

“Today’s statement by former President Trump is an admission that the decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs to Huntsville was based solely on politics and personal preference—not the Air Force’s basing criteria or national security. This proves that claims by the Department of the Air Force that the decision was ‘merit-based’ are completely false.  This has been my concern all along, and calls into question the entire selection process.  This is why I requested and have backed investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD IG). The final location for U.S. Space Command must make sense strategically and prioritize our national security. I remain confident Colorado Springs is the location that is best for our national defense.”

Rep. Doug Lamborn

“Colorado is the natural home for Space Command. 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.”

Gov. Jared Polis & Lt. Gov Dianne Primavera

Andrew McMillan

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26 Comments

  1. krdo keeps deleting my comments even though I m quoting from the article.
    Basically-this town is too expensive for a military family.They got that right.
    Send it to Alabama and teach this town a lesson.

    1. Take a tip from AMZ like I have – type out your comment in a text editor (Word, WordPad, etc.), then copy/paste into the Comment block. If it gets rejected, copy it into a binary-to-text editor, convert, then copy/paste the binary output in the Comment block. This works well with a computer, not as well from a phone, though.

      1. You can just “copy” it from the comment box immediately before hitting “POST COMMENT” so you can paste it back in and edit it if it gets rejected. No need for anything more complicated like you suggest, although it’s the same principle.

    2. I’ve found a few things that trigger automatic deletion. First, any time a letter “A” is followed by “SS” in the middle of any word triggers it. Second, any word that has letters “T”, “I”, and “T” in it seems to trigger it. And words containing the sequence “B”, “U”, and “M” will trigger it. It seems they’re looking for a few juvenile “naughty” words and throwing out all real words that may validly contain them.

        1. I spaced that out and it works. NOW I see the t i t in the word that apparently triggers it.
          HOW LAME.

          1. That is one of the words that bugged me most! I tried a few other things, but spacing the letters was not one of them. Thanks for the tip! I learn something new every day. 😊

    3. What lesson do you think it will teach this town? Housing is expensive but it is what the market will support- capitalism at its finest.

  2. Will local Trump supporters gain any wisdom from this goon’s narcissism? It’s his attempt at a payback for Colorado going Biden. Too bad he just bit the biggest hand that fed him in Colorado. What an idiot.

    1. Trump supporters were duped by him for at least 4 years, so don’t hold your breath for them to learn anything now from his arrogance.

  3. This just demonstrates how Trump did things for his own benefit without consideration of what was best for our country. At least we now have a President who cares about people other than himself.

    1. A president that cares about other people. Did you actually typed that comment? You cant accept Biden is a failure. For being a self proclaimed genius, you’re far from it.

      1. Trump only ever did what was right for himself, and sometimes for his immediate family and friends. Even Nixon was a better President than him.
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        We’ll see who’s right in the long term.

        1. You clearly don’t research on Biden “helping” his family and friends, even more than Trump. It’s clear you still have (TDS). “Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason.”

          1. “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is actually a condition experienced by people with leanings towards dictatorship similar to those in Trump’s own deranged mind.

  4. Doesn’t matter. Still a better location for the warfighting command than co located with USSF.

  5. President Trump was well within his right to choose whatever location he wanted and for what ever reason. Mayor Suthers, quit crying about it and move on. There are other, more important, issue’s to tackle.

    1. The President (whether Trump or anyone else) doesn’t have the authority to make many decisions by himself.

  6. Poor Dougie. Actually had to take Donnie out of his mouth for a second, and ask why Donnie?

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