President Donald Trump is reportedly seething about Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's slow-roll of his directive to create a Space Force branch of the military — and is considering firing her after the midterms.
Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, drew Trump's ire – as well as Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan — with what is seen as a campaign to undermine the Space Force effort, Foreign Policy reported, citing unnamed sources Thursday.
According to FP, one source said the administration believes Wilson "is trying to undermine this part of the president's agenda from within."
Wilson first irked Trump with an initial draft plan for the new Space Force, FP reported.
"The White House's response was . . . this is not what we asked for, this is not what the president said he wants, throw this out," one unnamed source told FP. "This is when people started to really sour on the Air Force and on her."
Then, in a June 19 memo to airmen, Wilson cautioned the process of standing up a Space Force would take time and that immediate changes will not occur, Defense News reported.
The memo, which was distributed across the Air Force, made its way to the president's desk, FP reported.
Though Trump is considering firing Wilson after elections next month, no final decision has been made, FP reported. But the administration is already mulling possible replacements, which include Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., FP reported.
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