President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the sweeping defense bill that authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and outlines Pentagon policy.
“Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, [“our military’s history” here means honoring treason in defense of slavery] and contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions,” Trump wrote in a lengthy statement to Congress.
“It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia,” the president added, without citing specific details.
Earlier this month, the National Defense Authorization Act passed both houses of Congress by veto-proof margins, meaning that any veto by Trump would likely be overridden.
Congress must now vote again to override Trump. Lawmakers are slated to return from the holidays on Monday.
This year’s 4,517-page defense bill, which typically passes with strong bipartisan support and veto-proof majorities, funds America’s national security portfolio. It has been signed into law for nearly six consecutive decades.
Since the veto will be overridden, this is either posturing for 2024 or a fit of toddler pique, or more likely both.
On a related topic:
I suggest reading this thread and then disowning anyone in your life who voted for Donald Trump last month.