Trump accused of flashing ‘middle finger’ at female astronaut

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During a video call to U.S. astronauts Jessica Meir and her colleague Christina Koch who were on the International Space Station, Trump congratulated them for being the first two female astronauts to walk in space.

A delay in connection between Trump and the space station made for a short period of silence, before Meir made it clear that she and Koch were not the first female spacewalker, The Daily Express said in the report on Monday. Or, as Donald Trump put it: "They're doing some work and they're doing it in a very high altitude".

What's more, the woman will be one of the 12 current female members of the astronaut corps, said Bridenstine.

Vice President Mike Pence- who also spoke at the IAC- said that NASA should use its Artemis Mission to return astronauts to the moon in 2024 as a building block for its mission to Mars. He later added, "You are awesome people; they're conducting the first-ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station".

"For us, it's just coming out here and doing our job today".

"The idea of having the honor of being the first woman to walk on the Moon is nearly too great to fathom", said Koch, 40, when asked by AFP about the subject. Their astronaut class was the first to include 50% women and 50% men.

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But she added: "It's really nice to see how far that we've come".

"There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers and astronauts".

Trump, however, mistakenly congratulated the pair for being the "first-ever female spacewalkers", a point that the astronauts corrected him on.

Trump's gesture did not go down nicely with Twitter customers, who accused him of flipping a center finger on the astronaut. At the end of the event, A question was put to the entire group - when do we get to Mars?

The connection was then cut off, and Trump said: "Maybe they didn't like my message".

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