President Trump in 2017 offered unlimited funding to NASA to send a manned flight to Mars, according to an upcoming book.
“Is there any way we could do it by the end of my first term?” Trump reportedly asked Lightfoot, who explained to the president that NASA planned to try a manned spaceflight by the 2030s and that there were logistical challenges of doing so before then.
Trump then offered Lightfoot “all the money you could ever need,” according to Cliff Sims’s upcoming book “Team of Vipers.” “But what if I gave you all the money you could ever need to do it?” Trump asked. “What if we sent NASA’s budget through the roof, but focused entirely on that instead of whatever else you’re doing now. Could it work then?”
Lightfoot reportedly responded to the president by telling him he didn’t think that was possible. That left Trump “visibly disappointed,” wrote Sims, a former White House communications staffer.
Read more at The Hill.