The president boldly went where no president had gone before, to unveil on Twitter a design he said had taken a lot of work.
“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military,” Mr Trump wrote.
Almost immediately, people started to point out that the design for the space force, the first new military service since the air force was created in 1947, looked a lot like that of Starfleet Command, from the long running television show Star Trek.
George Takei, who played Mr Sulu in the original TV series and films, tweeted in response: “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this.”
The Associated Press said the space force is intended mainly to improve protection of US satellites and other space assets, rather than to put warriors in orbit to conduct combat in outer space.
It said the idea became a regular applause line for Mr Trump at his political rallies.
Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this... https://t.co/msYcJMlqjh— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei)January 24, 2020
He originally wanted a space force that was “separate but equal” to the army, navy and air force, but instead Congress made it part of the department of the air force.
CNBC said the Pentagon did not immediately respond to queries as to why the two logos, both with blue globes, white stars, and swooshed rings around a sleek space ship, looked so similar.