President Trump spoke in front of thousands of military members in California on Tuesday and heaped lavish praise on their dedication and successes and promised that his administration is planning on bestowing the “largest pay raise in over a decade,” and even suggested the creation of a new military branch — the “Space Force.”

The president spoke to thousands of military men and women at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday, following his visit to review border wall prototypes.

“I have a message for you straight from the heart of the American people, and you know what that is — we support you, we love you and we will always have your back like you have ours,” Trump said, also praising military spouses and families for their service.

“For too long, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces have been asked to do more with less,” Trump said, listing “underinvestment,” deferred modernization and maintenance, old equipment and having “fewer ships than we should, fewer planes than we should, and fewer of you than we should.”

“Today I am very proud to report that all of that is changing, and as you have seen, all of that is changing quickly,” Trump said, noting that his administration sees “peace through strength.”

“We are finally going to lead again. Very soon, we’re going to Mars —you wouldn’t be going to Mars if my opponent won. You wouldn’t even be thinking of it,” Trump said, in a swipe at Hillary Clinton.

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That’s when the president went on to introduce his “new national strategy for space.”

“Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,” Trump said. “We may even have a Space Force — we have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force, you know, the Army, the Navy.”

He added: “I said, maybe we need a new force, I was not really serious, but now I’m thinking that’s a great idea. We’re making a Space Force. Tremendous.”

The president noted that astronauts have been “soldiers and sailors,” and said that service members will be “vital” to “ensuring America continues to lead its way into the stars.”

The president then went on to praise the work of the military in defeating the Islamic State stating “ISIS never thought this would happen.” It was a busy day for the President, earlier he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and tagged career CIA employee Gina Haspel for the top spot in the agency replacing Pompeo.

Democrats in Congress are already aligning against her for her running a CIA site of an “advanced interrogation site” which was accused of torture during the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

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