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President Trump congratulates SpaceX, NASA after successful launch

Trump spoke from Kennedy Space Center in Florida

President Donald Trump views the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump views the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – President Donald Trump congratulated NASA and SpaceX following the successful launch of their rocket on Saturday afternoon.

The launch from Kennedy Space Center was the first on American soil and the first on an American made rocket in nearly a decade.

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“It’s incredible, the technology, the power. I’m so proud of the people at NASA, all the people that worked together, public and private. When you see a sight like that it’s incredible,” Trump said.

President Trump spoke to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the launch.

"I speak to him all the time. Great guy. He's one of our great brains, we like great brains, and Elon's done a fantastic job," Trump said.

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Trump said America was the leader of the world again” in space travel and talked about a future mission to Mars.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence were also in attendance. Noticeably absent was first lady Melania Trump.

*CNN contributed to this report


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