Trump Threatens to Veto Bill Over Warren Amendments to Rename U.S. Bases

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if an amendment put forward by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to change the names of military bases honoring Confederate leaders is included in the final version.

Invoking his "Pocahontas" nickname for Warren, over her self-proclaimed Native American heritage, Trump wrote that he would veto the bill if the "Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren (of all people!) Amendment" went through.

The bill, he said, "will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars," the president said.

In the amendment, Warren has called for the names of Confederate leaders to be stripped from 10 military bases, as well as from other military assets, including aircraft and ships.

Speaking from the Senate floor on Monday, Warren said it was time to consign figures like Robert E. Lee, an American Confederate general who served as commander of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, to the "footnotes in our history books."

The push to see Confederate names removed from military assets, she said, comes following a time of "deep reflection" on systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's death.

With cities across the country seeing Confederate statues pulled down in the wake of Floyd's death, she said it is time to rename sites honoring the same controversial figures.

"This year, we consider legislation during a moment of deep reflection and anguish as Americans reckon with our ugly history of systemic racism and the original sin of chattel slavery," Warren said.

Confederate leaders, Warren said, "took up arms against the United States in the name of chattel slavery."

With her amendment, the National Defense Authorization Act strips honor away from "military leaders who killed U.S. soldiers in defense of the idea that black people are not people, but instead are property to be bought and sold."

Trump's opposition to Warren's efforts to see the bases renamed is nothing new, with the president previously railing against the bid to rename "hallowed grounds."

"Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with," the president said last month.

During her floor speech, Warren said the president had "chosen a well-worn path of hatred and division."

Newsweek has contacted Warren's office and the White House for comment.

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President Donald Trump participates in a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty