WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the sweeping defense bill that authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and descriptions Pentagon coverage.
"Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military's history, and contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions," Trump wrote in a prolonged assertion to Congress.
"It is a 'gift' to China and Russia," the president added, with out citing particular particulars.
Earlier this month, the National Defense Authorization Act handed each homes of Congress by veto-proof margins, that means that any veto by Trump would seemingly be overridden.
Congress should now vote once more to override Trump. The House is slated to return from the vacations on Monday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has mentioned his chamber would vote on overriding the veto Tuesday.
This yr's 4,517-page defense bill, which usually passes with sturdy bipartisan assist and veto-proof majorities, funds America's nationwide safety portfolio. It has been signed into regulation for almost six consecutive many years.
The bill's passage, on the minimal, secures soldier pay raises and retains essential defense modernization applications operating.
"Donald Trump just vetoed a pay raise for our troops so he can defend dead Confederate traitors," Democratic chief Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter, highlighting certainly one of Trump's points with the must-pass defense bill.
"Democrats will vote to override it," Schumer added.
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the twenty second Marine Expeditionary Unit stand at consideration throughout a formation aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan.Sgt. Austin Hazard | U.S. Marine Corps
Trump has provided a wide range of causes for opposing the mammoth defense bill.
Earlier this month, he threatened a veto if lawmakers didn’t embrace a measure to get rid of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held legally answerable for what’s posted on their platforms.
Trump has repeatedly accused Twitter, his social media platform of selection, of unfairly censoring him.
Trump renewed the menace final week.
In his message to Congress, Trump wrote that the NDAA failed " to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act." He known as on Congress to repeal the measure.
The president has beforehand mentioned the measure posed a critical menace to U.S. nationwide safety in addition to election integrity however didn’t give any additional explanatory particulars. Trump has additionally asserted that the bill favors China.
The president's situation with Section 230 got here to gentle this summer season after Twitter added warning labels to a number of of his tweets that alleged mail-in voting is fraudulent. Trump has nonetheless not conceded the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
The NDAA, in its present kind, doesn’t embrace any measure associated to Section 230.
Lawmakers on either side of the aisle have pushed again on Trump's Eleventh-hour demand saying that the repeal of Section 230 was irrelevant to the passage of the Pentagon's high bill.
"[Section] 230 has nothing to do with the military," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla., informed reporters earlier this month. "I agree with his sentiments, we ought to do away with 230 — but you can't do it in this bill," added Inhofe, a Trump ally.
Similarly, Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., mentioned earlier this month, "I don't think the defense bill is the place to litigate" the Section 230 battle, in line with The Hill.
Trump has additionally insisted that the defense-spending bill embrace language stopping the renaming of navy bases commemorating Confederate-era figures.
The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee over the summer season accredited a provision from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., requiring the Pentagon to rename navy belongings named after symbols of the Confederacy, the group of states that seceded from the U.S. and fought the Union within the Civil War.
Trump, in a multi-tweet submit in June, rejected that concept, by contending that the Confederate names of the bases have change into a part of the nation's nice "heritage."
"It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom," Trump wrote on Twitter.
"The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations," the president wrote.
CNBC's Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.
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