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Trump rebukes Warren over amendment to rename bases named for Confederates

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE rebuked Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm 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!”

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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. 

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“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: Army details new hair and grooming standards | DC National Guard chief says Pentagon restricted his authority before riot | Colorado calls on Biden not to move Space Command Capitol Police chief apologizes, admits to department's failures in riot DC National Guard commander says Pentagon restricted his authority before riot MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperCORRECTED: Overnight Defense: COVID-19 stymies effort to study sexual assault at military academies | Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi report Female generals' promotions held back over fears of Trump's response: report Overnight Defense: Army details new hair and grooming standards | DC National Guard chief says Pentagon restricted his authority before riot | Colorado calls on Biden not to move Space Command 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 HawleySunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 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.