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Trump attacks ‘weak and tired’ GOP leaders for allowing override of his defense bill veto

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Republican leaders for allowing Congress to vote to override his veto of a vital $740 billion defense spending bill, calling them “weak and tired”.

Monday, the House of Representatives voted to override Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a 322-87 margin, setting the stage for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday. If the Senate follows in the footsteps of the House, it would be the first time that Congress has ever overridden one of Trump’s vetoes during his four years in Washington.​

“Weak and tired Republican ‘leadership’ will allow the bad Defense Bill to pass,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning. “Say goodbye to VITAL Section 230 termination, your National Monuments, Forts (names!) and Treasures (inserted by Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren), 5G, and our great soldiers […] being removed and brought home from foreign lands who do NOTHING for us.”

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“A disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech,” he added. “Negotiate a better Bill, or get better leaders, NOW! Senate should not approve NDAA until fixed!!!”

Last week, Trump vetoed the NDAA, opposing provisions that would slow down his planned pullback of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and mandate that military bases named after Confederates be renamed. The latter legislation was introduced by a frequent target of the president’s ridicule, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whom he has repeatedly called “Pocahontas.”

On top of that, Trump also demanded that the annual spending bill should include a repeal of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which provides social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter liability protections.

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The Hill reports that the Senate is likely to vote on the action sometime later this week.

For Congress to override Trump’s veto, two-thirds of members in both the House and Senate need to vote in favor of overriding. The House passed the NDAA by a 335-87 margin and then the Senate approved it 84-13, with both being veto-proof margins.

However, it is uncertain how many Republican senators who had initially supported the NDAA will vote this week to overturn the outgoing president’s veto or fall in line with the commander-in-chief.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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