WASHINGTON — The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump has taken down an online ad tied to the recent Demo-2 commercial crew launch after complaints it appeared to violate NASA media guidelines, and criticism from one person who appeared in it.
The ad, titled “Make Space Great Again!”, was posted on YouTube June 3 by the Trump campaign. Running about two and a half minutes, the ad featured a mix of historical footage, such as from the Apollo program, along with video from the May 30 launch of SpaceX’s Demo-2 commercial crew mission.
Trump attended that launch, and gave a speech at the Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building shortly after the Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully reached orbit. But, while the ad included a voiceover by the president, it did not include his remarks from that launch. Instead, the ad appeared to primarily use a speech Trump gave in June 2018 at a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House.
“Once more, we will launch intrepid souls blazing through the sky and soaring into the heavens,” Trump said in a snippet of that 2018 speech played in the ad. “Once more, we will summon the American ...