Senate Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has beaten Trump for threatening to veto a raise for the troops.
Schumer said in the Senate:
Yesterday, President Trump issued another threat to the annual defense law on Twitter. The President previously threatened to veto this important piece of legislation over a provision to rename military facilities named after Confederate traitors. Now President Trump has issued a veto-threat-by-tweet about a policy related to social media companies (section 230) that neither version of the NDAA has already passed by either House of Congress!
President Trump must have realized that vetoing a raise for our troops to defend the honor of the Confederate traitors was not the best message. So he found a new complaint.
After four years of ignoring the president's most critical, conspiratorial, and absurd comments on social media, I wonder if our Republican counterparts will say they didn't see that particular tweet.
The truth is that section 230 may actually need to be reformed, but it is a serious endeavor that should be done in regular order and can remain for another day. And it is certainly not an acceptable reason to veto the annual Defense Act, which contains guidelines by which our military is prepared, well-equipped, and equipped for difficult and important tasks.
Still, it's a stupid time of year in the White House. The president seems intent on filling each of his remaining days in office with irritation, complaint, and selfishness.
For serious political reasons, Trump does not threaten to veto the NDAA. The president is pissed off on Twitter for checking his tweets, but his move is sure to backfire.
On January 5, 2021, there will be two runoff elections for the Senate in Georgia. Georgia has the fifth largest active military population in the country.
If Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate majority stick to the NDAA's threat of veto on Trump, they could cost themselves two Senate seats next month.
Chuck Schumer wasted no time turning Trump's veto threat into a trap that could cost Republicans control of the Senate.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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