Trump warns of defense bill veto over military base renaming amendment

Trump warns of defense bill veto over military base renaming amendment
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE late Tuesday night signaled that he would veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it includes an amendment that would change the names of U.S. military bases that honor Confederate generals and soldiers.

"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!" Trump tweeted just before midnight.

"Senate Democrats are putting forward legislation to change the names of our bases and other military assets ... because we need to stop honoring this ugly legacy immediately," Warren said in a statement last Wednesday.


Warren's version of the bill has already been passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In rebuttal, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Trump faces tricky choice on Supreme Court pick FBI director warns that Chinese hackers are still targeting US COVID-19 research MORE (R-Mo.) introduced his own proposal to block Warren's amendment.

“This latest effort to unilaterally rename bases and remove war memorials, all behind closed doors, smacks of the cancel culture the Left wants to impose on the nation,” Hawley said in a statement.

In recent weeks, protesters demanding the rooting out of systemic racism in the country have toppled statues of Confederate leaders nationwide.

Trump, meanwhile, has taken a staunch position against renaming the bases.

--Updated at 9:05 a.m.