President Donald Trump vetoed military spending

President Donald Trump vetoed military spending

A few weeks before the end of his term in office, President Trump is looking for a trial of strength with Congress. He’s blocking the defense budget passed by both chambers – but can he get away with it?

As expected, the incumbent US President Donald Trump has vetoed the defense budget of $ 740 billion approved by Congress. Trump said in a letter to the House of Representatives on Wednesday that he could not support the law because it contradicted his government’s foreign policy and national security. “It is a” gift “for China and Russia,” wrote Trump – without explaining it.

Among other things, he criticized the fact that the law does not regulate online platforms more closely. He also criticized the renaming of several military bases, which was pushed forward after protests against racism. Trump also criticized the attempt to legally limit the withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan, South Korea and Germany that he had ordered. This is not only bad politics, but also unconstitutional, he wrote. According to the constitution, the president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The decision as to how many soldiers should be deployed where is therefore his.

Is Congress holding back the president?

Trump had already announced his veto. His blockade could, however, be overruled by a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate – that is, in both chambers of Congress. Both chambers had originally passed the package with more than a two-thirds majority each. According to reports, Parliament could vote on it again in the week after Christmas.

Shortly before the end of his presidency, it would be the first time for Trump that Congress overrode his veto. Trump has vetoed eight times in his four-year term in office. The Republican lost the presidential election on November 3rd to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump refuses to admit defeat. Biden is due to be sworn in on January 20th. Until then, Trump is still in office with all rights.

Revenge on Twitter and Facebook?

The defense budget was passed with bipartisan support for 59 consecutive years. Because the failure of the defense budget to come about is politically unthinkable, the legislative package, as usual, also deals with numerous regulations that actually have nothing to do with the financing of the armed forces.

Trump had wanted Congress to change what is known as Section 230, which protects online platforms like Facebook from being held responsible for content published by their users. Trump called the ruling on Wednesday “a serious threat to national security and the integrity of the elections”. Critics, in turn, accuse Trump of only seeking revenge because he is annoyed by Twitter and Facebook because they had warned him about his claims about the corona crisis and alleged fraud in the presidential election.

Withdrawal of troops from Germany could be revised

The legislative package provides, among other things, that the massive withdrawal of American soldiers from Germany planned by Trump will be blocked for the time being. There it says that the US Secretary of Defense must state in a report to Congress whether such a withdrawal would be in the national interest of the US. At the earliest 120 days later, the number of US soldiers stationed in the Federal Republic may fall below the limit of 34,500. The law also provides that threatened sanctions against the German-Russian Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 are to be expanded.

Vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Democrat Mark Warner, in turn criticized Trump’s veto decision posed a serious threat to national security. He said he was looking forward to overriding this “fruitless and ridiculous attempt” by the president.

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