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The outgoing president of the United States and the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate went from supporting each other in recent years to blocking bills and launching indictments. McConnell blocked the initiative on the increase in stimulus checks, already approved by the House of Representatives, and announced that senators will vote against Trump’s veto of the Defense law. Trump criticized the work of the head of the conservative majority.
The outgoing president of the United States and the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate went from relying on politics to blocking bills and launching indictments.RELATED
The confrontation originated from the moment McConnell acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Something that did not sit well with the US president, who still does not recognize his defeat.
But the confrontation escalated when the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate blocked the president’s initiative on the increase in aid checks that the House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, approved with the support of the president on Monday, December 28.
He even announced that Republican senators will vote against Trump’s veto on the Defense law, a situation that has never happened in the last almost 60 years.
Weak and tired Republican “leadership” will allow the bad Defense Bill to pass. Say goodbye to VITAL Section 230 termination, your National Monuments, Forts (names!) And Treasures (inserted by Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren), 5G, and our great soldiers ….
– Donald J. Trump (@realDon aldTrump) December 29, 2020
The US president ventured into the social network Twitter, where he said that “the weak and tired Republican leadership will allow a bad Defense Law to be passed.”
He even pointed out that Republicans must approve the payments “unless they have a death wish.” Something that has generated a division in the party as some have expressed their support for the president.
Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $ 2000 payments ASAP. $ 600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough! https://t.co/GMotstu7OI
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2020
Last week Trump vetoed the bill with the annual Defense budget, for about 741,000 million dollars, although on Monday the Lower House took a first step to override that veto and the Senate will vote on this issue on Wednesday.
McConnell urged the senators to endorse the Defense legislation, “today the Senate will set a final vote for tomorrow, Wednesday, for this House to follow the matter. Soon this important legislation will be passed into law ”. If so, it would be the first time that Congress overrides a presidential veto during Trump’s term.
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Leaves the Senate Floor as the US Senate Faces a Decision on Approving $ 2,000 Stimulus Checks and Overriding President Trump’s Veto to the National Defense Authorization Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, December 29, 2020. © REUTERS / Leah Millis
Trump rejects that the bill restricts his ability to withdraw US troops from Germany, South Korea and Afghanistan, as he had promised, in addition to a provision to change the name of a dozen military bases named after the leaders of the Confederacy. southern in the Civil War (1861-1865), which are considered as racist symbols of the time of slavery.
The president also does not like that the legislation includes a clause to end the so-called “Section 230”, which protects Internet giants like Twitter and Facebook from any legal consequences for what third parties publish on their websites.
With REUTERS, EFE and AFP