U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, United States, on April 1, 2020, ahead of the daily coronavirus response briefing by National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, and the U.S. – Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is flanked.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday he would oppose the comprehensive defense bill, which authorizes a $ 740 billion ceiling on spending and outlines Pentagon policy.
"I'm going to veto the defense law, which will make China very unhappy. They love it," Trump tweeted. "Must have Section 230 terminated, protect our national monuments, and allow the removal of military personnel from distant and very disrespectful countries. Thank you!"
The Republican-led Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming majority on Friday. The 70-plus members who support the must-pass law are more than the two-thirds majority that would be required to defeat Trump's promised veto.
Congress must now vote again to override Trump.
The bill, which is usually passed with strong support from both parties and veto-proof majorities, approves $ 740 billion in spending and outlines Pentagon policies.
Trump threatened to veto earlier this month if lawmakers failed to take action to remove section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from legal liability for what is posted on their platforms.
Trump renewed the threat last week.
The president also said the move posed a serious threat to US national security and electoral integrity, but did not provide any further explanation. Trump has also said that Twitter, his favorite social media platform, wrongly censored him.
The President's problem with Section 230 became known this summer after Twitter added warnings to several of its tweets that alleged mail-in polls were fraudulent. Trump has still not conceded the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
This year's legislation provides for a 3% pay increase for U.S. troops and a plan to rename military facilities with the names of Confederate leaders.
The NDAA in its current form does not include any Section 230 action.