There’s actually a lot to be said about what this planet should be doing with the only ‘hole card’ we have for survival if we can’t get our climate cleaned up quickly. Creating a space farce (I do like that) for the sole purpose of raising a quivering middle finger to the rest of the planet is not one of them. As you note it is, in any case, a baby sized middle finger for whatever that is worth. Let’s be honest. This is a case of the nasty kid who spits on the pancakes so no one else will touch them.
What should be happening is a planetary summit to begin working toward a Kardashev Type I civilization. This is, I’m now certain, what it will take to stop global warming and the evolution to a planetary space agency and mission would follow logically. Juvenile, nationalistic assholes such as Trump, Pence and the others have no business with this. They can fuck up a crowbar with a rubber band.