US President Donald Trump rejected a large annual defence policy bill on Wednesday, claiming it was a gift to Russia and China because it did not include important national security measures.
This is the first and only veto revocation of his presidency. Parliament passed the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier this month.
Trump threatened to reject the NDAA because he couldn’t abolish the 1996 law that gives social media platforms liability protection for third-party posts and freedom to crack down on content.
“My administration recognizes the importance of law to our national security,” Trump said in a veto message to Congress.
“Unfortunately, the law does not include significant national security measures, contains provisions that do not respect veterans and military history, and puts the United States a top priority in national security and foreign policy action. It contradicts my administration’s efforts to do so, “he added.
Mr. Trump previously opposed US $740 billion in policy legislation because it did not include a clause to abolish Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provides a legal shield for high-tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook.
In a message on Wednesday, Trump said the mandated change to the Confederate name base “washed out history and made immeasurable progress that our country has fought to realize our founding principles. He said it was an attempt at a political motive to “honor.”
He also called the bill a “gift” to Russia and China.
To revoke Trump’s veto, both the Senate and the House of Representatives will need two-thirds of their members to vote in favor of vetoing it. The bill has already passed the Senate with 84-13 votes and the House of Representatives with 355-78 votes.
Parliament must revoke the veto by noon on January 3rd, as when the 117th Parliament swears. If Congress does not revoke the veto by then, lawmakers will have to start the bill over.
The House of Representatives will hold a veto override vote on Monday in a rare post-Christmas session.