May 28, 2023

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Unprecedented slap in the face to Trump: Congress overrides its veto on defense budget

Unprecedented slap in the face to Trump: Congress overrides its veto on defense budget

The US Congress on Friday inflicted an unprecedented insult on Donald Trump by bypassing his veto on the defense budget by an overwhelming majority.

Despite the “president’s objections” at the extraordinary meeting on January 1, the Senate adopted a $ 740 billion budget by 81 votes to 13.Is January. Since the House of Representatives did the same thing on Monday, the text was perfectly received.

The majority of elected Republicans have mixed their voices with Democrats, defying their leader in the twilight of his mandate, while at the same time boasting of their support.

During his four years in the White House, Donald Trump used his veto power nine times against legislation passed in two chambers. So far, Congress has failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to overcome it.

The slap comes as more officials elected from his party recognize his defeat in the November 3 presidential election.

Stung, at the beginning of Billionaire Week, denounced “weak and tired Republican leadership.”

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has called on his troops to vote on the 2021 defense budget.

“This is to see that our rivals, such as Russia and China, are up against the competition,” he said at the start of the talks on Friday.

“It is also an opportunity to remind our soldiers and their families of our support,” the influential senator said.

As a result of lengthy negotiations, the text offers a 3% increase in salaries, especially for defense personnel.

For more than half a century, it was adopted by a majority in the Democratic-majority House and the Republican-controlled Senate in early December.

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But Donald Trump announced on December 23 that he was vetoing it, which caused a stir in his camp as well.

He considered the text very favorable to China and protested against the renaming of military bases honoring Confederate generals who had fought for the protection of slavery during the Civil War (1861-1865).

He was accused of failing to protect the legal status of social networks without repealing a law known as “Article 230”.