Homophobic climate change denier Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) "has made a career out of ignoring scientific expertise" says Sen.
After a swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence and a brief video chat with astronauts on the International Space Station, Bridenstine met with NASA leadership, where he expressed his support for carrying out the agency's exploration, science and aeronautics programs. It truly feels like a family, and I am humbled to be a part of it.
"NASA represents the best of the United States of America", said Bridenstine.
This is the 60th anniversary year for NASA.
Vice President Mike Pence swears in new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on April 23, 2018, at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who previously said he was concerned about Trump's nomination of Bridenstine, voted for him on Thursday saying he though Trump deserved to have the officials he wants in top government posts.
Bridenstine resigned from the House of Representatives earlier Monday. Last month, Lightfoot announced he would retire on April 30, which put into question who would lead the agency. "I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing", Lightfoot said in a statement. "His legacy is one of commitment to our mission and leadership in all capacities". Bill Nelson, a ranking member of the committee, said; "While your time as a pilot and your service to our country in the military is certainly commendable, it doesn't make you qualified to make the complex and nuanced engineering, safety and budgetary decisions for which the head of NASA must be accountable".
Bridenstine, after putting his hand on the Bible and pledging to faithfully discharge the duties of his new office, took to the podium himself. He was confirmed by the Senate by one vote last week.
Bridenstine, who has spoken at large about transforming USA space policy, added; "I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the President's vision for American leadership in space". The White House has yet to nominate someone to fill that position.