WASHINGTON – President Trump officially vetoed a comprehensive military policy law on Wednesday and set the first veto on his presidency after both houses overwhelmingly approved the legislation.
In refusing to sign the legislation, Mr Trump cited a number of provisions he had long opposed, including one that would strip the names of Confederate leaders from military bases. He has also called for the bill to include a provision that removes legal protections for social media companies he has become involved with. This is irrelevant 60 years for a bill that dictates military policy and has become law in the past, according to Republicans and Democrats.
“My administration has taken strong measures to ensure the security of our nation and to support our service members,” wrote Trump in the veto message. “I am not going to approve this bill that would put the interests of the Washington, DC establishment above those of the American people.”
The house is expected to return on Monday to vote on an override. Should it happen, the Senate is expected to return on Tuesday to consider the override.
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