United States

Trump vetoes draft defense budget

09:24, 24 December 2020
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US President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional defense budget that includes new sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, according to the White House website.

I am returning, without my approval, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.  My Administration recognizes the importance of the Act to our national security.  Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions.  It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia, Trump said.

The US president indicated that the draft didn’t override a section of the 1996 communications ethics law that protects companies from legal action for posting, deleting, or other actions with user content. Trump noted that this contributes to the spread of foreign disinformation online and affects the US elections.

The president also criticized the points about renaming US military installations bearing the names of the military leaders of the slave-owning South during the Civil War, stressing that he opposed attempts to ‘wash away history.’

The draft budget provided for sanctions against the Russian pipelines Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream, measures against Turkey for purchasing the S-400 air defense system from Russia, as well as a ban on cooperation between the US and Russian military. Besides, it included the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

US President Donald Trump has issued pardons to 15 people, including two men convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, NEWS.ru reported earlier.