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Posted by: News_Desk on 12/23/2020 11:46 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 12/23/2020 11:46 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM
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Presidential Veto Message to the House of Representatives for H.R. 6395

Washington, D.C....To the house the representatives: I am returning, without my approval, H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (the “Act”). 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.



No one has worked harder, or approved more money for the military, than I have — over $2 trillion. During my 4 years, with the support of many others, we have almost entirely rebuilt the United States military, which was totally depleted when I took office. Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we are doing at every step.

The Act fails even to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, despite bipartisan calls for repealing that provision. Section 230 facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which is a serious threat to our national security and election integrity. It must be repealed.

Additionally, the Act includes language that would require the renaming of certain military installations. Over the course of United States history, these locations have taken on significance to the American story and those who have helped write it that far transcends their namesakes. My Administration respects the legacy of the millions of American servicemen and women who have served with honor at these military bases, and who, from these locations, have fought, bled, and died for their country. From these facilities, we have won two World Wars. I have been clear in my opposition to politically motivated attempts like this to wash away history and to dishonor the immense progress our country has fought for in realizing our founding principles.

The Act also restricts the President’s ability to preserve our Nation’s security by arbitrarily limiting the amount of military construction funds that can be used to respond to a national emergency. In a time when adversaries have the means to directly attack the homeland, the President must be able to safeguard the American people without having to wait for congressional authorization. The Act also contains an amendment that would slow down the rollout of nationwide 5G, especially in rural areas.

Numerous provisions of the Act directly contradict my Administration’s foreign policy, particularly my efforts to bring our troops home. I oppose endless wars, as does the American public. Over bipartisan objections, however, this Act purports to restrict the President’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Germany, and South Korea. Not only is this bad policy, but it is unconstitutional. Article II of the Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States and vests in him the executive power. Therefore, the decision regarding how many troops to deploy and where, including in Afghanistan, Germany, and South Korea, rests with him. The Congress may not arrogate this authority to itself directly or indirectly as purported spending restrictions.

For all of these reasons, I cannot support this bill. My Administration has taken strong actions to help keep our Nation safe and support our service members. I will not approve this bill, which would put the interests of the Washington, D.C. establishment over those of the American people. It is my duty to return H.R. 6395 to the House of Representatives without my approval.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 23, 2020.


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Trump stole Christmas
Posted on: 2020-12-24 03:51:59   By: Anonymous
 
Trump stole Christmas!!!!
He is a ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!!!!!
TRAITOR
CRIMINAL
THIEF
Trump supporters are you proud of Trump now?!!!!!
Law and order president what a joke!!!!


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    Re: Trump stole Christmas
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 05:35:36   By: Anonymous
     
    How do you go above and beyond treason while 3,000 Americans die each day and your country is under ongoing cyber attack from your arch enemy Russia?

    Well you support the attack by vetoing the defense budget, which hasn't been done for 60 years. This is what comrade Trump is doing.

    Trump's aid and comfort of our enemy is an extreme security risk. It must end. He should be pulled from the White House, thrown in the dirt and given a .45 cal. lobotomy.

    Retired general Flynn must be recalled into the military, court martialed for subversion and treason, then shot if found guilty.

    We must remedy the treason of these individuals with the proper antidote.

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      Re: Trump stole Christmas
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:00:45   By: Anonymous
       
      We need the 26th amendment. Stop the damage .

      [Reply ]

        Re: Trump stole Christmas
        Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:01:13   By: Anonymous
         
        He is like a cockroach.

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          Re: Trump stole Christmas
          Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:06:09   By: Anonymous
           
          Did he say gift to Russia. He is talking about himself.

          [Reply ]

            Re: Trump stole Christmas
            Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:26:28   By: Anonymous
             
            STFU SNIVELER...

            [Reply ]

              Re: Trump stole Christmas
              Posted on: 2020-12-24 19:42:20   By: Anonymous
               
              ^^eff you prik

              [Reply ]

                Re: Trump stole Christmas
                Posted on: 2020-12-25 21:07:35   By: Anonymous
                 
                👍👍

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      Re: Trump stole Christmas
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:48:21   By: Anonymous
       
      Blah blah blah..... 🥱

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        Re: Trump stole Christmas
        Posted on: 2020-12-24 08:39:57   By: Anonymous
         
        Blah, blah, blah....... How the heck did you get ahold of Giuliani's libel defense?

        [Reply ]

Read the comments
Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:37:27   By: Anonymous
 
Read the comments posted here and ask yourself, "Are Trump haters really rational people?"

Of course not.

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    Re: Read the comments
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:46:59   By: Anonymous
     
    You’ll get it one day, and you will pretend you never supported him at all.


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    Re: Read the comments
    Posted on: 2020-12-25 07:36:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Said the guy in a cult that's filling our prisons at well over 73 percent more then any other party. Violent Felons, Murderers, Rapists of Women And Children, Violent Spouse Abusers, and YOU of all people point your finger at others.
    What a HYPOCRITE

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:45:16   By: Anonymous
 
Section 230 is what allows The Pinetree to have a comment section. If it was repealed, John would be legally responsible for everything posted on his website.
Trump wants it gone because he doesn’t want people to be able to say mean things about him on Twitter.

It has nothing to do with our national defense.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:50:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Sadly folks the above blabbering nitwits can vote

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:52:19   By: Anonymous
 
Any "gifts" to Russia or China are solely on Trump. And this grandstanding at the 11th hour to say we should be receiving $2K is nothing more than a publicity stunt that he will use when he tries to run again in 2024. Where has he been these past few weeks letting his opinions be known? Bunkering down with the last of the deniers contemplating whether martial law is a possibility for him to still win. He is a self-serving, national embarrassment and history will not be kind to him.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 19:44:54   By: Anonymous
     
    ANY TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN THIS THREE COUNTY AREA THAT CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM AFTER HIS PARDONS FIASCO, HIS VETO FIASCO, HIS GOLFING FIASCO AS WE SPEAK, ARE REALLY STUPIDER THAN THEY LOOK. And they do look stupid.

    [Reply ]

      Re: /\/\ ANY TRUMP SUPPORTERS...
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 21:56:28   By: Anonymous
       
      GO TRUMP 2020! LETS MAGA!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:53:13   By: Anonymous
 
Can't wait to hit the post-Christmas sale at ACE Arnold. Looks amazing and a bright spot amid such national woes.

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    Re: post Christmas sale
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 08:45:01   By: Anonymous
     
    You better beat Arnold tweakers. They like to visit after hours when there are no lines, and everything is free.

    [Reply ]

      Re: /\/\ You better beat Arnold tweakers...
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 17:32:27   By: Anonymous
       
      Lines of what? lol!

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      Re: post Christmas sale
      Posted on: 2020-12-25 06:19:35   By: Anonymous
       
      Those aren't tweakers dude, those are democRats. Tweakers have a little more class then them, we don't loot AND burn AND destroy everyone's property. So show us a little respect, we rarely murder and rape women and children. Just Google" are more democrats in prison? " And the proof will be in your face, okay?
      Merry Christmas

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        Re: post Christmas sale
        Posted on: 2020-12-25 06:42:03   By: Anonymous
         
        All that meth really got to you.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 07:56:36   By: Anonymous
 
The military is not funded. The government is not funded. There is no relief for a nation suffering health care and economic catastrophes. But Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Jared's Dad are celebrating. Never doubt who the Trump Administration and the GOP serve.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-12-25 06:41:10   By: Anonymous
     
    The millionaire Dem politicians are with you...suckers

    Regards

    Nancy Pelosi

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 08:04:14   By: Anonymous
 
Hope the Trump minions noted that the Democrats unanimously passed the newest stimulus bill evolution which the GOP soundly defeated. But, hey, keep on blaming the Dems for all the ills of the nation. Back to the drawing board on COVID relief thanks to Trump's grandstanding, leaving chaos and confusion as he goes home to enjoy his holidays. It's how he rolls.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 09:14:57   By: Anonymous
 
Probably the best gift the government can give us: they are shut down and all of them can’t cause anymore damage, really, do we really need any of them? I’ll volunteer to head the military up, a combat Vietnam vet, I’ll start the draft and turn all these hopeless millenials into men, Drill Sgts. Will go back to 60’s protocols, hands on these little pricks, the best fighting force we have ever had! I forgot, most of the millenials can’t do one push-up, or one pull-up, we have a lot of work to do eh?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-24 09:16:30   By: Anonymous
 
Forgot one point: no rules of engagement will be enforced, kill em all, that’s how you win!

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    Re: that's how you win
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 09:34:07   By: Anonymous
     
    Sage advice from a humper.
    Trump is now taking credit for victory in two world wars.
    Delusional idiot in chief with millions of followers.

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      No Subject
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 10:12:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Trump , his administration. His family. A complete and total disgrace .

      [Reply ]

        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-12-24 10:14:59   By: Anonymous
         
        When you need to pardon yourself, your family. Most of your administration.. Yes , you are a criminal .

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-12-24 10:17:46   By: Anonymous
           
          Very well stated

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-12-24 13:12:16   By: Anonymous
             
            Merry Christmas all you Harris/Biden dik lickers.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-12-24 19:46:48   By: Anonymous
               
              News flash Einstein. Harris doesn';t have a "dik". And from what your wife says, YOU, don't have much of one. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA mini dik

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-12-25 21:10:43   By: Anonymous
               
              Yep, you are a screwed up punk.

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Visiting the lower 48
Posted on: 2020-12-24 14:57:14   By: Anonymous
 
I'm a newbie here, was gonna say this site needs a news section, but I read the comments first. Maybe the owner doesn't want to read who sad the people here are? Do all the folks here in Cali complain like you all do? I thought Cali people were suppose to be happy, healthy carefree people?
We're from Alaska and in the dead of winter, cold, and dark and it can be really depressing, but you folks sound more depressed then anybody back home is.
Man I sure hope none of you are suicidal. See a Dr. There's all kinds of help out there from family, friends, therapy, even drugs ( last resort if you ask me)
Hope you can find some good things to talk about, think about especially since it's going to be a special day, maybe say a little prayer if you can't go to a place of worship yet? I don't know what your governor closed or not, but so many here seems like these trying have broken them.
I'll pray that soon you all find peace of mind, and hope you're in a better mood with the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Have a Merry Christmas

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    Re: Visiting the lower 48
    Posted on: 2020-12-24 16:43:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Thanks for the well wishes.
    You are correct. Many here in California are not happy. There are Trump bashers and liberal haters that post on just about every story.
    The reason for the season is Jesus. He would never talk to his fellow man in the way that posters talk on tpt.
    Let's just hope things get better.

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      Re: Visiting the lower 48
      Posted on: 2020-12-24 16:50:36   By: Anonymous
       
      And by the way, nobody calls California Cali. It's like calling San Francisco Frisco. Or Alaska Aska.
      You can say SoCal or NorCal, but Cali?
      Nope.


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        Crime family trump
        Posted on: 2020-12-24 17:12:52   By: Anonymous
         
        That incompetent trump is golfing. The people are suffering. He does not give a crap . He is the bogus man ...

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          Re: Crime family trump
          Posted on: 2020-12-24 17:16:25   By: Anonymous
           
          Trumps presidency. Flush ten times.....

          [Reply ]

            Re: /\/\ Trump's presidency...
            Posted on: 2020-12-24 17:34:07   By: Anonymous
             
            Go Trump 2020! Lets MAGA!

            [Reply ]

              Re: /\/\ Trump's presidency...
              Posted on: 2020-12-24 19:48:40   By: Anonymous
               
              You want to "go" something? Go fuk yourself then.

              [Reply ]

                Re: /\/\ You want to go...
                Posted on: 2020-12-24 22:05:05   By: Anonymous
                 
                I'm near enough if you're queer enough lol!

                [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2020-12-25 06:12:07   By: Anonymous
 
Joe sure has a sense of humor unlike Trump. Thursday he said for everyone to have a safe and happy Easter on zoom, then said just kidding kids, Merry Christmas Merry Christmas.

[Reply ]

    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-12-25 06:53:09   By: Anonymous
     
    Cmon man. He is not being humorous. Really doesn’t have a idea where he is and what day of week it is. In his pea brain he is thinking about looking for the one horse pony Corn Pop.

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Hiding Lying Joe Biden
Posted on: 2020-12-25 07:28:30   By: Anonymous
 


President-elect Joe Biden has a pony problem. While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, he bizarrely responded to a college student who asked why voters should believe that he could win a national election by telling her: "You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier."

That encounter came to mind when Biden this week mocked Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who violated a virtual news blackout by asking about the president-elect’s son Hunter. Joe Biden immediately walked off stage and then stopped and told Doocy: "Yes, yes, yes. God love you, man — you're a one-horse pony, I tell you."

Like many kids this Christmas, many voters are still angling for a pony. Joe Biden has spent months mocking the Hunter Biden story — and anyone asking about it. When CBS News reporter Bo Erickson asked Biden about his son’s scandal, Erickson drew a similar rebuke from Biden. The reporter simply asked: "Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?"

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Joe Biden’s response was again a personal attack: "I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask."

Biden also blew up at a question that referred by the scandal by an NBC reporter and a Fox News reporter.

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Biden’s response is just not working. Much of the media openly worked to bury the Hunter Biden scandal before the election, but the ponies keep finding their way back. The problem is when one reporter like Doocy refuses to be corralled and insists on an answer to serious questions.

A question this week was a good one. Doocy yelled out: "Mr. President-elect, do you still think that the stories from the fall about your son Hunter were Russian disinformation and a smear campaign like you said?"

Biden’s response of "yes, yes, yes" seemed to continue a discredited claim (indeed, "disinformation") put out by figures like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who assured the public that "this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin


Some 50 former intelligence officials, including President Barack Obama’s CIA Directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, also insisted the story about material found on a laptop purported to belong to Hunter Biden was likely the work of Russian intelligence. Many cable news hosts and journalists laughed at the laptop story as fake news to justify the blackout on coverage before the election.

Then the pony showed up again. After the election, it was confirmed (as some of us discussed in columns before the election) that Hunter Biden is under federal investigation. The claim about the laptop belonging to Hunter Biden appears to be genuine. The emails appear to be genuine. And Doocy has continued to ask the obvious questions.

Joe Biden is still hoping that he can continue to mock and the media will continue to do the rest. One reporter this week did raise the scandal but only to ask if Biden discussed it with people he is considering nominating for attorney general (the campaign already said that Biden was going to allow the Justice Department to reach its own conclusions).

There are other obvious questions, including whether a key business associate of the Bidens, Tony Bobulinski, is lying. Either Bobulinski or Joe Biden is lying.

Bobulinski, who is repeatedly praised by Hunter Biden in emails and is identified as the person in control of transactions for "the family," has directly contradicted Joe Biden’s denial of any knowledge or involvement in his son’s dubious dealings.

There is a reason why Joe Biden does not just answer that question. If he calls Bobulinski a liar, Biden would be hit with a defamation lawsuit within days. He would then be forced to go under oath to answer questions.

Such depositions present their own dangers. Just ask former President Bill Clinton. So it is not a pesky pony but a sworn deposition that Biden may be trying to avoid.

The same problem exists on other questions. For example, not only were Joe Biden and his wife Jill n included as "office mates" with a controversial Chinese investor (and associate of Hunter), but emails also refer to unsecured loans going to the Biden family and shares going to "the big guy."

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The "big guy" appears to be Joe Biden. Moreover, Biden spent the election campaign denying that his son did anything wrong and made any money from China.

The question is when Joe Biden learned of the federal investigation and whether he was aware of the dealings over multimillion-dollar unsecured loans, as well as gifts like a valuable diamond to his son. Answering those questions falsely could trigger a congressional investigation and then more ponies would show up.

That is the problem with a bunker press strategy of denial and isolation. Truth, like water, has a way of coming out. Clearly many in the media will continue to be in the bag for Biden. However, horses tend to gather where the water is at.

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First, there was one pony (Doocy). Then another showed up (Erickson). Soon what you have is a herd and the threat of a stampede. Then it could be too late.

In mocking Doocy, Biden was clearly trying to say a "one-trick pony." That trick, however, was once called "journalism" back in the day when reporters doggedly demanded answers, particularly on questions like influence peddling. So many of us still hoping for ponies — and even some answers — for Christmas

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    Re: Hiding Lying Joe Biden
    Posted on: 2020-12-25 07:39:41   By: Anonymous
     
    I saw that, and I saved it for when they start Joe's impeachment trial

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      Re: Hiding Lying Joe Biden
      Posted on: 2020-12-25 07:56:26   By: Anonymous
       
      Gee...how many times do dumb trumpers need to be told. As long as the Dems control the house there will be NO IMPEACHMENT. Are you are all delusional, stupid, ignorant people? Somebody please.....show me a brain.

      [Reply ]

        Joe Biden is a real president
        Posted on: 2020-12-26 06:40:17   By: Anonymous
         
        Brainless trump supporters. Sad

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