Congress has until January 2 to override the veto, it would be the first time lawmakers override the president.
- On Wednesday Trump vetoed a sweeping defense bill that outlines Pentagon policy and authorizes $740 billion in spending.
- Typically the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passes with a strong bipartisan majority.
- Congress will now have to vote to override Trump, the move will pit members of Trump's own party against him.
- The Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has stressed that his caucus would block the President.
- The NDAA is considered a "must pass" because it pays salaries for the US armed forces.
- Trump said he would not sign the NDAA because it “contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions”.
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