President Donald Trump is considering whether to fire Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who he thinks is moving too slowly to establish a Space Force, Foreign Policy reports.
Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman, will most likely last until after the upcoming midterm elections, according to FP’s unnamed sources. Wilson and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan have both upset Trump recently over their perceived efforts to undermine his attempts to establish a Space Force.
Wilson reportedly first angered Trump after the White House rejected the draft plan for a Space Force presented by the Air Force.
“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,” a source said. “This is when people started to really sour on the Air Force and on her.”
One source said that the administration thinks Wilson “is trying to undermine this part of the president’s agenda from within.” An unnamed administration official added that “some senior officials know how to disagree with [the president] without being disagreeable to him. Heather Wilson hasn’t managed to do that. Her opposition to the Space Force has grated on him and I think he permanently sees her as troublesome and ineffective now.”
White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters denied the story, telling FP that “There is no discussion by the president to oust Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson — all reporting to the contrary is simply false.”
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