Trump vetoes ‘unconstitutional’ defence bill

US President Donald Trump has vetoed a $740bn (£549bn) defence spending bill that passed Congress this month.

Mr Trump is objecting to provisions that limit troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Europe and remove Confederate leaders’ names from military bases.

He also wanted it to repeal a liability shield for social media companies.

Lawmakers passed the measure with a veto-proof margin, meaning they could override the president’s rejection.

If Congress does not override the president’s veto – which requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers – it would be the first time in 60 years that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) does not become law.

Mr Trump called the act a “gift to China and Russia” in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions,” he said.

(c) BBC


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