US President Donald Trump vetoed a $ 740 billion military budget bill on Wednesday, despite strong congressional support for the bill. This slightly increased the likelihood that the country’s military budget, for the first time in 60 years, will not be adopted.
Trump said he vetoed the annual National Defense Act (NDAA) because it “does not include critical measures [по усилению] national security, but includes provisions that do not respect our veterans and the history of our military forces, and contradicts my administration’s efforts to put America, its national security and its foreign policy actions first in the world. ”
“This is a gift to China and Russia,” Donald Trump said in a message to the House of Representatives, referring to the bill presented to him for signature.
While the president’s previous eight vetoes on various bills were backed by Republican lawmakers, the current veto, advisers say, is likely to be overridden by Congress before the current White House presidency expires on January 20.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said the president’s veto is jeopardizing America’s “national values” and that it will be overcome by a vote in Congress next week, December 28, thanks to strong bipartisan support.
“The president’s decision to veto this bipartisan law before he leaves is a serious threat to US national security,” said Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia and deputy chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “This jeopardizes the mission readiness and well-being of our military personnel and their families, as well as military development projects, investment in innovation and technology, and other critical defense priorities. It also threatens the economy of Virginia, where the Pentagon, the main headquarters of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are located, and Norfolk Base, the largest naval base in the world. ”