Trump threatens to veto Pentagon budget right before vote

“I hope House Republicans will vote against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)” which I will oppose my VETO, “tweeted the Republican President, who will be leaving the White House on January 20.

After months of negotiations between Republican and Democratic parliamentarians, the 2021 defense budget represents $ 740.5 billion and notably provides for a 3% increase in the salaries of defense personnel.

The bill will be voted on in the afternoon on Tuesday in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate in the coming days, but then needs to be promulgated by the president to enter into force.

In July, separate versions voted on by both chambers had won more than two-thirds of the vote, the “super-majority” needed to override a veto. But Republicans might change their mind in the end.

The Republican billionaire has several grievances against this budget.

The text does not include the abolition of a law, known as “article 230”, protecting the legal status of social networks, which he accuses of being biased against him.

He also thunders against the fact that he plans to rename military bases honoring generals from the Confederate camp, which defended slavery.

The text also opposes Donald Trump’s plan to reduce the American military presence in Germany. He is imposing a deadline of at least 120 days on the Pentagon before any reduction in its personnel in Germany, which means that no American withdrawal could take place before the assumption of office of his successor Joe Biden.

The law stipulates that a military withdrawal from Germany, “in a period of growing threats in Europe, would constitute a serious strategic error which would weaken the national security interests of the United States and weaken NATO”.

Donald Trump alluded to these topics in his tweet Tuesday, additionally mentioning “5G”.

The bill addresses the issue of sharing the electromagnetic spectrum with the development of 5G frequencies.

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