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Trump Vetoes National Defence Bill But Congress Can Override Decision

by GoNews Desk 3 weeks ago Views 1997

Trump Vetoes National Defence Bill But Congress Ca
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the $740 billion defence budget and sent it back to the US Congress. Trump refused to sign the 2021 Military Policy Bill, calling it a gift to Russia and China. With just one month left in Trump's tenure, his move has heated up American politics. The US Congress may even reverse his decision.

Trump has objected to several provisions in the National Defence Authorisation Act, saying this could change the original names of US military bases, which would be like erasing the identity and history of the country. He also demanded that a provision be provided in the bill to provide liability protections to social media companies. Both Republicans and Democrats are shocked by his demand because the military policy bill has nothing to do with the administration but with the military.


While vetoing the bill, Trump said: “My Administration has taken strong actions to help keep our Nation safe and support our service members.  I will not approve this bill, which would put the interests of the Washington, D.C. establishment over those of the American people.  It is my duty to return H.R. 6395 to the House of Representatives without my approval.

However, the Parliament has the right to overturn the decision of the President. Congress is expected to vote on Trump's veto on Monday. However, it is not clear how many Republican lawmakers intend to vote against the objections raised by their own party's president. If it passes in the House, the Senate could sit on Tuesday to overturn the decision.

According to the popular American newspaper New York Times, Trump's veto of the military policy bill shows that in the last weeks of his tenure, he is ready to challenge his own party's lawmakers to either show loyalty to him or to their own political gurus.

He accused lawmakers of sending a bill that "fails to include important national security measures and includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military history."

The New York Times writes that by rejecting the bill, President Trump has refused to increase the salaries of soldiers, as well as blocked the new benefits that can be given to thousands of ex-servicemen who took part in the Vietnam War.

Trump has insisted the bill is "a 'gift' to China and Russia, although lawmakers have rejected such rhetoric.

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