WASHINGTON – President Trump on Wednesday kept his pledge to veto the annual military policy bill, implementing what could be the first veto reversal of his presidency after both houses overwhelmingly approved the legislation.
In refusing to sign the legislation, Mr Trump cited a series of provisions, including one that would allow the military to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases. He also called for the bill to include a provision that would repeal a legal shield for social media companies he has meddled with, a significant legislative change that Republicans and Democrats say is irrelevant to a bill that dictates military policy and has become law. for each of the past 60 years.
“My administration has taken strong action to help keep our country safe and support our service members,” Trump wrote in the veto notice. “I will not approve of this bill, which would put the interests of the Washington, DC establishment over those of the American people.
The House is expected to return on Monday to vote on a waiver. If passed, the Senate is expected to return on Tuesday to begin considering the waiver.
The veto is the latest sign that Mr. Trump, in his last few weeks in office, is ready to challenge lawmakers in his own party, forcing them to choose between loyalty to him and loyalty to their leaders in Congress and, for some, their ideals.