President Donald Trump has vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Concerning the $740 billion defense bill, Trump wrote:
"I am returning, without my approval, H.R. 6395. ... My Administration recognizes the importance of the Act to our national security. Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military's history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions. It is a 'gift' to China and Russia," the president wrote.
Trump says he vetoed the bill over provisions that would halt his drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. The bill would also force the renaming of military bases that honor Confederates.
Trump said military bases should not be renamed because:
“these locations have taken on significance to the American story and those who have helped write it that far transcends their namesakes.”
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