US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, USA on April 1, 2020 prior to the daily coronavirus response briefing by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, US Attorney General Bill Barr and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is flanked.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday he would oppose the comprehensive defense bill, which authorizes a $ 740 billion ceiling on spending and outlines Pentagon policy.
“I’m going to veto the defense law, which will make China very unhappy. They love it,” Trump tweeted. “Must have Section 230 terminated, protect our national monuments, and allow the removal of military from distant and very disrespectful countries. Thank you!”
The Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Approval Bill on Friday. The more than 70 members who support the must-pass law are more than the two-thirds majority that would be required to defeat Trump’s promised veto.
Congress must now vote again to override Trump.
The offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment on the president’s tweet.
The law, which is usually passed with strong support from both parties and veto-proof majorities, approves spending of 740 billion US dollars and outlines Pentagon policies. It was passed for almost six decades in a row.
NBC News reported that Trump is expected to veto the NDAA instead of using a maneuver known as a “pocket veto” in which he simply refuses to sign the bill for 10 days. It is not clear when the president will veto the bill.
Trump has given a variety of reasons for opposing the defense law. Earlier this month, he threatened a veto if lawmakers failed to remove section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from legal liability for what is posted on their platforms. Trump has repeatedly accused Twitter, his favorite social media platform, of unfairly censoring him.
Trump renewed the threat last week.
The president also said the move posed a serious threat to US national security and electoral integrity, but did not provide any further explanation.
The President’s problem with Section 230 came to light this summer after Twitter added warnings to several of its tweets that alleged mail-in polls were fraudulent. Trump has still not granted election as President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump has also insisted that the Defense Spending Act include language that prevents military bases from being renamed to commemorate numbers from the Confederate era.
The Republican-led Senate Armed Forces Committee approved a ruling by Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. That summer urging the Pentagon to rename military assets named after symbols of the Confederation, the group of states made up of the United States separated and fought the union in civil war.
“I’m going to veto the Defense Authorization Act if Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren is changed (of all people!) To renaming (and other bad things!) From Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other military officials The basics from which we won two world wars are on the bill! ”Trump tweeted in July.
Most recently, Trump claimed that the bill would favor China.
This year’s legislation provides for a 3% pay increase for U.S. troops and a plan to rename military facilities with the names of Confederate leaders.
The NDAA in its current form does not include any Section 230 action.