Trump Cites Another Reason He’ll Veto Defense Bill

Trump Cites Another Reason He’ll Veto Defense Bill

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President Trump has repeatedly threatened to veto the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act, demanding that it be revised to include a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which some Republicans say allows tech firms like Facebook and Twitter to censor conservative voices.

Trump has cited other causes of concern, too, including the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders and new restrictions on his ability to remove troops from Afghanistan. On Sunday, he added another reason to the list: “The biggest winner of our new defense bill is China! I will veto!”

The president has until December 23 to decide what to do with the bill, which Congress passed with substantial majorities last week.

Should he issue a veto, some lawmakers have vowed to override it.

“This latest veto threat is further proof that he cares more about himself than our troops and the safety of the American people,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) said of Trump in a statement Sunday. “Now Congress must come together on a bipartisan basis and override this senseless veto and provide for the common defense.”