President Donald Trump is furious a GOP lawmaker will not repeal Section 230 to the Defense bill, saying it's 'so bad for our national security and integrity'.
On Thursday night, he tweeted: 'Very sadly for our Nation, it looks like Senator @JimInhofe will not be putting the Section 230 termination clause into the Defense Bill. So bad for our National Security and Election Integrity. Last chance to ever get it done. I will VETO!
Trump's late-night tweet came after Republican senator Jim Inhofe put Trump on speakerphone to tell him he can't veto a crucial defense bill that contains a pay raise for the troops but the president doubled down on his threat anyway.
Senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the president the defense bill won't contain his demand to take away certain liability protection for tech companies.
In a conversation on speakerphone as he walked through the Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday, Inhofe told Trump the bill must pass, Axios reported.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has signed into law by the reigning president for decades.
Trump reiterated his veto threat Thursday morning, however.
'Looks like certain Republican Senators are getting cold feet with respect to the termination of Big Tech’s Section 230, a National Security and Election Integrity MUST. For years, all talk, no action. Termination must be put in Defense Bill!!!,' he tweeted.
Republican Senator James Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (seen above in the Capitol last year) called President Trump to tell him the defense will won't contain a provision to repeal certain legal protections for tech companies
President Donald Trump doubled down on his veto threat despite Republican senators warning him the defense bill was not the place to negotiate tech policy
Several Republican senators said Wednesday they agree with the president that a section of the law known as 230, which gives tech companies blanket protection from being sued over content on their social media platforms, should be reformed.
But they don't think the NDAA is the place to do it. Section 230 has nothing to do with the defense bill - it is part of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Trump's threat comes as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are preparing to move the NDAA in their respective chambers without any mention of section 230.
It will contain, however, a bipartisan provision - disliked by the president - that allows military bases named for Confederate heroes to be renamed.
The move essentially dares Trump to veto the billion dollar legislation that funds the Pentagon.
Lawmakers are ready to pass the NDAA so they can move on to funding the government - which runs out on December 11 - and passing additional COVID relief legislation.
The House and Senate have passed their own versions of the defense bill - votes that had a veto-proof majority: the House by a vote of 295 to 125 and the Senate by 86 to 14.
The defense legislation is now in conference, as it's called, where members of the House and Senate are negotiating the final language of the bill.
Then that final product would be voted on, perhaps as early as next week.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president is 'serious' about his veto threat in her briefing on Wednesday.
'He is going to put pressure on Congress to step on this,' she said of reforming legal protections for tech companies.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are preparing to move a crucial defense bill to a vote in their respective chambers without President Donald Trump's demand for a provision to repeal legal protections enjoyed by tech companies
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Trump was serious about his veto threat of the defense bill
A few Republican senators issued public warnings to the president on Wednesday that the defense bill was no place to make a tech fight.
Inhofe was one of those.
'We ought to do away with 230. But you can't do it in this bill. That's not a part of the bill,' he told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Top Republican Senator John Thune, a member of the leadership in the Senate, agreed with Trump that section 230 needed reform but told CNN: 'I don't think the defense bill is the place to litigate that.'
It would take a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to over ride a Trump veto.
One Republican congressman already said he would vote to over ride a presidential veto, which, if happens, would be the first time Trump had a veto overridden by Congress.
'I will vote to override. Because it's really not about you,' tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who frequently disagrees with the president.
Trump issued his veto threat late Tuesday night as part of his war against social media companies.
Some congressional aides have expressed skepticism the president would actually veto the crucial legislation, suggesting Trump's threats were his way of try to influence the negotiations on the final legislation being worked out in conference.
Language changing section 230 could be dropped in the defense legislation but it's unlikely to happen without congressional hearings or additional input from lawmakers.
Republican Senator John Thune advised President Donald Trump the defense bill is no place to negotiate a repeal of the legal protections enjoyed by tech companies in section 230
Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii agreed with President Trump that section 230 needs to be amended but said it should happen with hearings and separate legislation while Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, charged Trump with issuing the veto threat because 'you're mad at Twitter'
One Democratic senator said he agreed that changes need to be made to section 230 but said it needs to be done through hearings and separate legislation - not the defense bill. He charged Trump with really being angry about the Confederate bases.
'I have written a bipartisan bill to reform section 230 but the idea that it should be repealed, with no hearing, in the defense bill, is goofy. You will know who is serious about policy making in this space by whether or not they reflexively agree w Trump here,' wrote Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii on Twitter.
'It's not Section 230. It's the confederate named bases. That's why the President is threatening to veto the NDAA,' he noted.
And Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, charged Trump with issuing the veto threat because 'you're mad at Twitter.'
'To be clear, Mr. President, Section 230 repeal wasn't included in the House OR Senate version of the NDAA. You're mad at Twitter. We all know it. You're willing to veto the defense bill over something that has everything to do with your ego, and nothing to do with defense,' he tweeted.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said of Trump's threat: 'I'd like to start for the Blazers, but that's not going to happen either. '
The $740 billion legislation sets defense priorities for the coming year, including a pay raise for service members and funding for female-specific uniforms and body armor, which doesn't yet exist.
In addition to funding the typical defense needs of the military, this year's legislation also has several quality of life provisions for service members and their families, including funding to support education for military children with special needs whose families have to frequently change school districts.
Trump has bragged about his work for the military. Part of his stump speech is his claim that he got them their first pay raise in 10 years, which is false. Service members have received a pay raise every year for decades.
The president also reportedly called service members who died in battle 'losers' and 'suckers' as reported in a bombshell article from The Atlantic in September. Trump has denied saying that.
The NDAA, as the defense act is known, is one of the few major pieces of legislation seen as a 'must-pass' because it governs all Pentagon operations, which is considered a national security necessity.
But President Trump and Republicans are pushing for greater regulations for Big Tech, charging the companies with unfairly silencing conservatives, and also want to remove their blanket section 230 protection from being sued for content on their platforms.
Trump specifically mentioned that protection in his veto