Trump Reportedly Demanded That NASA Fly a Manned Mission to Mars by 2020, Splinter
"When the NASA administrator explained that it would take until the 2030s to send a manned mission, Trump didn't accept it. "Trump bristled," Sims writes. The president allegedly asked, "But is there any way we could do it by the end of my first term?" President Deals then tried to negotiate. Trump did not seem worried about the time. Sims wrote that he leaned in toward Lightfoot and made him an offer. "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 told him he was sorry, but he didn't think it was possible. This left Trump "visibly disappointed," Sims wrote. "But I tried to refocus him on the task at hand. We were now about 90 seconds from going live."