The Colorado Springs Gazette, citing unnamed sources, reports that President Donald Trump overruled the Air Force, which selected Colorado Springs for the command.
“I am disappointed by the horrendous decision to rip U.S. Space Command out of its home in Colorado Springs and move it to a new location,” said Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs and, like the rest of the Colorado Congressional delegation, had advocated that the temporary home be made permanent.
“Moving a critical institution like Space Command for political reasons unrelated to national security would be foolish at the best of times,” Lamborn said in a statement. “This decision was not based on what is best for America’s national interests. For the good our of nation, I will fight this proposed move.”
Lamborn has written to President-elect Joe Biden asking him to reverse the decision.
Responding to the report in the Gazette, Aurora mayor Mike Coffman, a Republican former member of Congress, said in a statement on Twitter: “If this is true, I will join with other elected officials in Colorado and urge the incoming administration to reject President Trump’s decision and go with the recommendation submitted by the Secretary of the Air Force.”
Colorado Springs was considered the favorite of the six finalists announced. At one point in the search, Colorado had four bases in contention, but the Air Force decided to start the search from scratch in March 2020.