Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, apparently had second thoughts about his first tweet. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Updated Jan. 12 at 6:50 a.m. Eastern

The founder of Bigelow Aerospace joined Twitter over the weekend and dived briefly into presidential politics.

“What this country needs is an inspirational space program. l’ll bet @realDonaldTrump could do it,” wrote Robert Bigelow in his first tweet, referring to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Bigelow first tweet Trump

Bigelow deleted the tweet several hours later, replacing it with a retweet from the official Bigelow Aerospace account of an illustration of one of the company’s proposed expandable habitat modules.

Concept of an outfitted Olympus. 2250 cubic meters of habitable volume.

— Bigelow Aerospace (@BigelowSpace) January 7, 2016

The tweet came after the official Bigelow account promoted Mr. Bigelow’s new account.

Follow our President and Founder on Twitter @RobertTBigelow

— Bigelow Aerospace (@BigelowSpace) January 9, 2016

Two days after deleting his Trump tweet, Bigelow put it back up, along with some additional explanation of why he thinks Trump would be good for space.

What this country needs is an inspirational space program. I’ll bet @realDonaldTrump could do it.

— Robert T. Bigelow (@RobertTBigelow) January 11, 2016

For a sustained lunar presence, intelligent business operation of trade and commerce is key.

— Robert T. Bigelow (@RobertTBigelow) January 11, 2016

Which presidential leader or leaders qualify?

— Robert T. Bigelow (@RobertTBigelow) January 11, 2016

Bigelow, like Trump, made his money in real estate. He founded the Budget Suites of America hotel chain in 1987. The chain has 18 extended-stay hotels in Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

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Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...