President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE rebuked Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday after a Republican-led Senate panel approved her amendment to annual policy legislation that would require the Pentagon to rename bases named after Confederate military leaders.
Trump dismissed Warren as a “seriously failed presidential candidate” and mocked her with the nickname “Pocahontas” in a tweet, while warning Republican senators not to support the amendment.
“Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Hopefully our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!”
Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars. Hopefully our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
Earlier Thursday that the GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee approved Warren’s amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a voice vote during a closed-door markup.
The development came one day after Trump rejected the idea of renaming Army bases named after Confederate officers. The White House has indicated that Trump would veto the legislation if it mandated changing the names of the bases.
“These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”
Trump’s declaration put him at odds with the military. An Army spokesperson said earlier this week that both Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyFormer DC Guard commander calls for retraction of Pentagon watchdog's Jan. 6 report Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Pentagon watchdog raises questions over retired DC Guard commander's account of Jan. 6 MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Major Russia weapons test stokes tensions Three key behind-the-scenes figures in Jan. 6 probe Trump Defense chief blocked idea to send 250,000 troops to border: report MORE were “open” to renaming the 10 bases named after Confederate officers.
The developments Thursday set up a confrontation between the White House and Congress, given the Republican support for Warren’s amendment.
At least one Republican on the committee, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (R-Mo.), said he opposed the measure.
The bases named after Confederate leaders are located in Southern states and include Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Fort Polk, Fort Pickett, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Rucker and Camp Beauregard.