The US Congress has overturned President Trump’s defense budget freeze. The Senate rejected the president’s veto on Friday, as did the House of Representatives earlier this week.
This is the very first time Congress has overturned a Trump veto. It was also the first time that an American president voted the budget of 606 billion euros of the Ministry of Defense. Previously, it was adopted with a large majority in both the House of Representatives (lower house) and the Senate (upper house).
However, Trump vetoed the decisions of the House and Senate by vetoing them presidential. Among other things, the president opposed the party to rename the military bases. They still bear the names of the leaders of the so-called Confederacy, the alliance of states that fought for the preservation of slavery during the American Civil War. Trump also doesn’t want the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Germany, for example, to be restricted.
According to Trump, the law should also regulate that companies like Facebook and Twitter can be held accountable for the content of what they post, but U.S. lawmakers also disagree with that.
However, the US Congress overturned the veto on Friday. The required two-thirds majority of the vote was largely obtained in the Senate dominated by the Republicans. A big defeat for Trump, who reacted with fury. He accused members of his party of “weak and tired” leadership. The president called it a missed opportunity on Twitter. “It gives unlimited power to big tech companies.”
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