Donald Trump’s presidency is off to a whirlwind start, with massive economic booms, positive movement on the unemployment needle, and an overall sense of relief from Washington’s usual nonsense.
The financial piece of Trump’s surging presence in Washington D.C. has been affectionately dubbed “The Trump Effect”, and it has created thousands of American jobs as companies such as Chrysler, Ford, and IBM are reinvesting heavily in the U.S. workforce. Now, Trump’s signature bravado may take The Trump Effect where no man has gone before, and soon.
“Donald Trump instructed Nasa astronauts to get to Mars within his first term – or failing that, his second term, in a livestream with Peggy Whitson.
“He was calling up the Space Station to congratulate Ms Whitson for her record-beating stay in Space: she’s been up there for more than 534 days, which was the previous record.
“The President congratulated her via video link from the Oval Office alongside his daughter, Ivanka, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.
“Mr Trump said: ‘We want to do it during my first term and at worst during my second term so we want to speed that up, OK?’
“The President also expressed disgust about the drinking habits of astronauts in the International Space Station.
“’Water is such a precious resource up here that we also are cleaning up our urine and making it drinkable. And it’s really not as bad as it sounds,’ Ms Whitson said.”
President Trump’s taste in water notwithstanding, his jovial statements regarding the timeline for a manned mission to the red planet are certainly lofty. With the technology currently at our disposal, it could take up to 300 days to reach Mars, depending on the planet’s alignment with our own and the conditions at launch time.
The bigger story here is that of Donald Trump’s exuberant confidence in the will and the ability of the American people. Much of the President’s campaign in 2016 was centered around giving every possible advantage to Americans so that they may once again shine on the world’s stage. Manufacturing and technology were the original heavy hitters for the Trump Effect, but with the President’s assuredness soaring, perhaps even the sky is too small a limit.