The Washington Post reports:
President Trump reaffirmed late Tuesday that he would veto this year’s proposed $740 billion annual defense bill if an amendment is included that would require the Pentagon to change the names of bases named for Confederate military leaders, his strongest rebuke against the measure amid a national reckoning over systemic racism.
“I dare President Trump to veto the bill over Confederate-base naming,” Schumer said to reporters. “It’s in the bill. It has bipartisan support. It will stay in the bill.” He added, “I think the bottom line is what’s in the bill will stay in the bill.”
Without Trump vetoing the entire defense bill, stripping the amendment from this year’s NDAA remains highly unlikely. Opponents of the base-renaming amendment are not expected to be anywhere close to the 60 votes needed to remove it from the bill.
I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” while at the same time promising to protect the names of Confederate traitors and scumbags like Braxton Bragg and Robert E. Lee is the pinnacle of Trump’s racism and white supremacy. This tweet is just dripping with hate and bigotry. Sick.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 1, 2020
Makes sense that the guy currently allowing Russia to kill our soldiers is defending the Confederacy over the United States.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 1, 2020
So you’re defunding the military to defend the Confederacy? Weird priorities.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) July 1, 2020
There are definitely not 60 votes to remove that provision, which is already in the bill, and I don’t think there are 50. https://t.co/7BL8u4ibim
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 1, 2020