The US House of Representatives has rejected President Donald Trump’s veto on the defense budget. This is a budget of 606 billion euros, which was previously adopted by a large majority in both the House of Representatives (lower house) and the Senate (upper house).
Among other things, the president opposes the plan to rename the military bases. They still bear the names of the leaders of the so-called Confederation, the alliance of states that fought for the preservation of slavery during the American Civil War.
Moreover, Trump does not want the withdrawal of soldiers, for example, from Afghanistan and Germany to be limited. He also believes that a stricter approach to online platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, is needed. They can no longer be prosecuted for the posts of content users.
From the House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, Trump’s veto was immediately criticized. With 322 votes against and 87 votes in favor, the required two-thirds majority against the veto was more than met. The majority Republican Senate will vote on Trump’s veto later today. Again, a two-thirds majority is needed to reject the veto.
It was the first time that an American president had blocked a defense budget. If the Senate now opposes Trump’s decision, it will also be the first time Congress has overturned Trump’s veto.
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