Trump retweets video with 'white power' chant, then deletes it

Trump threatens to veto defense bill to keep Confederate base names

Trump retweets video with 'white power' chant, then deletes it

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to veto a national defense bill the Senate is now considering if an amendment from Sen.

The $740.5-billion bill, which directs how the Pentagon and other federal agencies spend money on defense policy, is now being debated in the Senate. Elizabeth Warren to rename U.S. military bases that honor Confederate leaders. The panel on Wednesday adopted an amendment by Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., that would ban displays of the Confederate battle flag on any Department of Defense properties. "This bill denies those honors to military leaders who killed USA soldiers in defense of the idea that black people are not people, but instead are property to be bought and sold". "Plain. Simple. Ugly", Warren said on the Senate floor on Monday.

Trump has stoked racial tensions in the U.S.

Trump retweeted the video before 8 a.m. ET Sunday and deleted his tweet around 11 a.m. The legislation funds the Pentagon and is often one of the few pieces of legislation that Congress can be counted on to pass each year in order to fund the country's military operations. It includes everything from plans on boosting troop levels and equipment to pay increases.

KING: And what did the White House say in the aftermath? Trump's veto threat now escalates that fight.

That means that opponents of Warren's provision like Sens.

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"White power! There you go, white power".

The pressure to remove the tweet cranked up when Republican Sen.

Although the President shared the video, it is now clear if he was certain as to what the supporter had said.

Past efforts to rename military installations have stalled on the grounds that these places represent an American tradition but on Tuesday Warren argued that these names represent an "ugly" past and the names of "traitors" should not be honored. "I personally don't have any problem renaming bases. There's plenty of great heroes out there".

"Let's preserve our history", Inhofe told reporters earlier on Tuesday.

Trump has also fashioned himself as a warrior in opposition to the coronavirus, in March declaring himself a "wartime president" owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim Scott demanded the president delete it during an interview on CNN, slamming the retweet as "indefensible".

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Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, a Marine veteran, crafted a bipartisan proposal with Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., that renames bases named for Confederates. Some GOP lawmakers supported the measure. "That's what I think". Adam Kinzinger and John Shimkus, who are also both military veterans.

There are 10 military bases still bearing the names of officers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

'It may be that you can draw a conclusion that he heard it, and it was racist, and he tweeted it to promote the message.

"There's much greater awareness today of symbols and monuments and names", Brown said.

Plans and petitions to rename the bases have stalled in the past, but the current initiative received more momentum in light of Black Lives Matter protests in the United States.

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