İrem UZUN -TDO- Congress has overridden President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been passed by Congress for 59 years and is considered sacrosanct by many in Congress, as it defines Pentagon policy, funds Defense spending and gives pay raises to the troops. But Trump vetoed the NDAA last week, sending it back to Congress and warning members not to override his veto despite the annual bill passing both the House and Senate just days earlier with overwhelming bipartisan support. The President opposes the bill because it would strip military bases of the names of Confederate generals, and because it failed to rein in social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook, whom he claims are biased against him.
Trump hit out at the Senate for overriding his veto. “Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!” he tweeted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump's veto of the NDAA “would have hurt the health, financial security and safety of our service members, their families, our veterans and our allies and partners worldwide.” "Instead of keeping Americans safe, the president continues to use his final moments in office to sow chaos and undermine our security,” she added.