President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor sharply condemned the commander in chief’s decision to veto the defense spending bill on Wednesday.
Making good on repeated threats to do so, Trump vetoed the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, a $741 billion defense bill that funds the Department of Defense. The bill had passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support.
President Trump vetoed the NDAA over unrelated issues such as social-media protection laws. The president also objected to efforts by Congress to rename military bases named after Confederate leaders.
“My Administration recognizes the importance of the Act to our national security,” Trump said in a statement on his decision to veto the bill.