The Chinese keep having success in space, and Russia allows a few BOistani's to ride up for cash.
In the 1960's, Kennedy called space "the high frontier", and in old America, a large percentage considered leadership in space to be a critical element in claims to being "the greatest nation on the planet".
BO declared the old exceptional greatest nation to be dead, and established BOistan. A tribal war zone dedicated to each tribe getting "what's theirs", often by taking it from another tribe using the powers of the BOistan government to help them.
The sad thing about Trump's hope to "Make America Great Again" is that the task requires the re-establishment of America, and then in many areas, getting it back to the point where it is an "also ran" again.