Trump Vetoes Defense Bill, Setting Up Possible Override Vote

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(AP) — President Donald Trump has vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency.

Trump has offered a series of rationales for vetoing the bill, including a demand for lawmakers to include limits on social media companies he claimed are biased against him. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s action “an act of staggering recklessness.”

A Republican ally of the president, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, said America’s troops “shouldn’t be denied what they need — ever.”

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