For the first time: the Republican-dominated Senate overruled Trump

What bothered Trump

Trump had vetoed the Congress decision. To justify this, he stated in a letter to the House of Representatives that the law was contrary to his government’s foreign policy and national security.

Among other things, the President criticized the fact that online platforms were not being more strictly regulated. He had wanted Congress to change what is known as Section 230, which protects online platforms from being held responsible for content published by their users. Trump called the ruling “a serious threat to the national security and integrity of the elections”. Critics, in turn, accuse Trump of only wanting revenge on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the renaming of several military bases, which was promoted after protests against racism, is a thorn in the side of Trump.

Trump considers it unconstitutional that the withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan, South Korea and Germany ordered by him should now be limited by law. According to the constitution, the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, he said. The decision as to how many soldiers should be deployed where is therefore his.

Veto was successful eight times

In his almost four-year term in office, Trump had previously vetoed legislative plans from Congress eight times. In none of these cases, however, had the necessary two-thirds majority been achieved in the parliamentary chambers to override his veto. The Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives and the Republicans in the Senate.

Trump lost the presidential election on November 3rd against the Democrat Joe Biden. Trump refuses to admit defeat. Biden is to be sworn in on January 20th. Until then, Trump is still in office with all rights.


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