Barack Obama had the same fool idea.
I'm all for humanity going to Mars when we are ready. But let's establish a long-term Lunar base before we try sending people to Mars.
That way we can learn all the stuff that we don't even realize yet that we need to learn before
we send a handful of people out on a mission that is so far away that no help will be forthcoming if something goes wrong.
Humanity needs to learn to walk before we can try running a marathon.