Last Updated on December 23, 2020
National File can confirm that President Donald Trump followed through on his Tuesday night promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it was not updated to cut foreign spending bloat and place more revenue in the hands of the American people, using his lawful presidential powers to block the bill on Wednesday.
“My Administration has taken strong actions to help keep our Nation safe and support our service members,” Trump stated in a written message to the House of Representatives. “I will not approve this bill, which would put the interests of the Washington, D.C. establishment over those of the American people.”
BREAKING: President Trump vetoes the $740+ billion National Defense Authorization Act, despite the bill passing both the Senate and House by a veto-proof majority.
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) December 23, 2020
Republicans who have refused to support President Trump in his fight to secure free and fair elections and attain justice for fraud, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-TN), have indicated that they will try to pass the NDAA despite the veto through a brute force override vote in the Senate.
The passage of the bloated defense bill, which includes a so-called COVID relief package that offers a paltry $600 to struggling American families, would stand in direct opposition to voter public opinion and the office of the President of the United States.
President Trump expressed his plans to veto the bill in a video posted to Twitter last night:
President Donald Trump took a bold stand in support of the American people Tuesday evening, stating that Congress’ bloated bipartisan bill that would send billions to foreign countries and just $600 to American families is a “disgrace,” and that he will veto the bill if stimulus payments are not increased to $2,000.
“Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated,” Trump noted in a video message released on social media. “It really is a disgrace.”
“Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me, we will get it done,” President Trump continued. “I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she will ask unanimous consent for a bill that appears to comply with the President’s demands to increase the size of stimulus checks, likely dooming it to fail on the House floor.