The rumor about the head of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jim Bridenstine to resign from office when Joe Biden officially becomes US president has spread. He will still resign even if asked to survive.
He made this statement in an interview with Aviation Week and quoted from CNN International, Thursday (12/11/2020).
In the interview, even though many people asked Jim Bridenstine to stay, he is still continuing to resign from NASA. Then, he revealed the reasons why he resign from NASA. He thinks NASA will “need someone the government trusts.” He called this decision the best choice for NASA.
This decision took the space community by surprise as many stakeholders had urged Joe Biden’s camp to keep Jim Bridenstine as head of NASA.
“What you need is someone who has a close relationship with the US President. You need someone who is trusted by the government … including the OMB [Office of Management and Budget], the National Space Council and the Security Council,” explained Jim Bridenstine.
I don’t think I would be the right person for that in the new government, “said Jim Bridenstine.
Jim Bridenstine is a former US Navy fighter pilot. He is also a former congressman representing Republican Oklahoma. President Donald Trump appointed him as head of NASA in April 2018.