Trump revives National Space Council, to be led by Pence

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FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump claps as he arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington, followed by Vice President Mike Pence after the House pushed through a health care bill. Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a “great plan,” but a new poll finds that three out of four Americans do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out May 31, 2017, from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation also found a growing share of the public concerned that the GOP’s American Health Care Act will have negative consequences for them personally by increasing their costs, making it harder to get and keep health insurance, or reducing quality. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence.

The president signed an executive order Friday to revive a council last in place in 1993.

Trump says the announcement sends a clear signal to the world about the United States’ leadership in space. He says space exploration would help the economy and national security.

Members of the council are to include the secretaries of state, defense, commerce, transportation and homeland security, as well as the head of NASA, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the national security adviser and the director of national intelligence. The council will also draw on insights from scientists and business leaders.