Trump to visit SpaceX rocket launch in Florida next week

Trump said he was considering attending the launch while talking to reporters on Thursday, jokingly remarking he'd like to put the press in the rocket to get rid of them for a while. The New York Post reported a senior official confirmed the president's attendance for May 27.

“He’s planning on going as of now,” the source said but acknowledged it depended on the weather conditions and other factors for the travel.

NASA will launch two astronauts into orbit on Elon Musk's SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for a monthslong mission on the International Space Station.

It will be the first time NASA has launched astronauts from the United States to the station since 2011 and SpaceX's first crewed flight on NASA under its multibillion-dollar contract.

Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to attend the launch.

Trump has taken few trips in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The president recently visited Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan to look at facilities supplying and manufacturing medical equipment to help combat the virus. The visit to the space rocket launch will be the first trip Trump takes that will not be related to COVID-19.



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