Trump rebukes Warren over amendment to rename bases named for Confederates

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE rebuked Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments 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!”



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 McCarthyOvernight Defense: Trump's battle with Pentagon poses risks in November | Lawmakers launch Fort Hood probe | Military members can't opt out of tax deferral Lawmakers launch investigation into Fort Hood after 28th death this year Overnight Defense: China aims to double nuclear arsenal | Fort Hood commander removed after string of deaths MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Overnight Defense: Stopgap spending measure awaits Senate vote | Trump nominates former Nunes aide for intelligence community watchdog | Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to contractors, military 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 HawleySenate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Trump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary In losing China tariffs at the WTO, the US dodged a bullet 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.