Donald Trump accused of ‘giving the finger’ to female astronaut


An historic all-female space walk took place on Friday with two NASA astronauts which included a Jewish woman who has an Israeli father.

On Friday, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history for conducting an all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) to fix a failed power unit on the orbiting space lab.

But President Donald Trump has inserted himself into the conversation by apparently flashing a middle finger at one of the women when she corrected him.

Meir, who is from Caribou, arrived on September 25 at the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and Emirati astronaut Hazz Al Mansouri. They're conducting the first-ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station. More specifically, NASA thinks that when Kock was riding the robotic arm, her adjustment of a foot restraint led to her glove brushing up against a section that had been lubricated, resulting in a messy glove.

Trump mentioned that "Congratulations, Christina and Jessica, on this historic event".

NASA says 15 women have participated in 43 spacewalks. "This is the first time that there's been two women outside at the same time".

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In 1984, Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya became the first woman to complete a spacewalk.

Astronaut Jessica Meir, a Caribou, Maine native, said in a live chat aboard the International Space Station Monday afternoon that she's not satisfied with just walking in space.

Trump had inaccurately said that it was the first time a female astronaut was walking outside the ISS.

"If we could come to agreements about the donations of all of the states and the way they are likely to become part of the structure, then surely I would, I'd observe that there would be no reason we cannot have all our global partners with us around the Moon", he added.

"There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers and astronauts. We have followed in their footsteps, to get to where we are today".