US President Donald Trump vetoed a broad defence funding bill sent to him by Congress Wednesday, complaining that it helps Russia and China and objecting to provisions to rename military bases.
The bipartisan bill was passed by high enough margins in both chambers of Congress for lawmakers to -- in theory -- override the president’s rejection.The veto of the $740 billion measure to fund the military for fiscal 2021 came each day after the US leader, with but one month left in office, threw a separate $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill and overall funding for the govt into question.
The bipartisan bill was gone by high enough margins in both chambers of Congress for lawmakers to -- in theory -- override the president’s rejection.The veto of the $740 billion measure to fund the military for fiscal 2021 came each day after the US leader, with but one month left in office, threw a separate $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill and overall funding for the govt into question.
And he objected to a provision which could impede his decision to sharply cut US troop levels in Germany, Afghanistan et al. .The NDAA “fails to incorporate critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to place America first in our national security and policy actions,” Trump said during a statement. Without the changes to Section 230, Trump said, the NDAA “is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia.”
“I won't approve this bill, which might put the interests of the Washington, DC establishment over those of the American people,” Trump said.Trump has repeatedly demanded that the NDAA include changes to Section 230, a neighborhood folks communications legislation that protects social media giants like Facebook and Twitter from responsibility for content posted by their users.
Since early this year Trump has become angered by social media for censoring or raising questions on the factuality of his own posts, especially about the coronavirus pandemic.But Trump said changing Section 230 was a problem of national security.
“Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we do at every step,” he said within the statement.
He called the move to vary base names -- which is supported generally within the Pentagon -- “politically motivated,” making no mention of the legacy of racism and slavery carried by the names.The veto doesn't immediately choke off funds to the Pentagon but if the NDAA isn’t passed soon, funding might be tightened.
“The NDAA has become law per annum for 59 years straight because it’s absolutely vital to our national security and our troops,” said Republican Senator Jim Inhofe.“This year must not be an exception. Our men and ladies who volunteer to wear the uniform shouldn’t be denied what they have -- ever.”
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