The US President Donald Trump once again opposed the renaming of military bases named after generals of the Confederacy.
“Fort Bragg,” “Fort Robert Lee” – forts had these names for a long time, decades. I don’t care what the military says. I have to make a decision. No one even knows who General Bragg is. And what will we call him? Let’s call him “Reverend Sharpton” (a well-known black preacher in the United States, al Sharpton)? We won two world wars, two world wars, two beautiful world wars, cruel and terrible, and we won them from “Fort Bragg,” we won them from all these forts. And now they want to get rid of these names. I am against it,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
The President confirmed that he is ready to veto the draft defense budget for the 2021 fiscal year if there is a provision for renaming the forts.
Earlier, the Senate armed services committee approved a $ 740 billion budget. The bill still has to pass the Senate, then it should be approved by the House of Representatives, if necessary, vote again — and only then it will go to Trump for signature.
The document contains a proposal to rename military bases named after generals of the slave-owning South in the Civil war. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the amendment amid protests and riots after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.