President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed chairman warns of ‘long road’ to recovery House panel again presses Pentagon leaders to testify on military’s role in protests A ‘sacred trust,’ from George Marshall to Jim Mattis MORE rebuked Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: WHO seeks to clarify widely criticized statement on asymptomatic spread | New study shows 60 percent of Roosevelt carrier crew have coronavirus antibodies | Senators seek probe into Trump administration’s ‘Project Airbridge’ On The Money: Key Democrat accuses Labor chief of ‘misleading’ testimony | Warren urges bank regulator to scrap anti-redlining rule rewrite | Senators press IG to act to prevent nursing homes from seizing coronavirus checks The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday after a Republican-led Senate panel approved her amendment to annual policy legislation that would require the Pentagon to rename bases named after Confederate military leaders.
Trump dismissed Warren as a “seriously failed presidential candidate” and mocked her with the nickname “Pocahontas” in a tweet, while warning Republican senators not to support the amendment.
“Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Hopefully our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!”
Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars. Hopefully our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
Earlier Thursday that the GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee approved Warren’s amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a voice vote during a closed-door markup.
The development came one day after Trump rejected the idea of renaming Army bases named after Confederate officers. The White House has indicated that Trump would veto the legislation if it mandated changing the names of the bases.
“These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”
Trump’s declaration put him at odds with the military. An Army spokesperson said earlier this week that both Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyOvernight Defense: Trump rejects scrapping Confederate names from Army bases | House chairman ups push for Esper, Milley to testify | Ousted State IG tells lawmakers he doesn’t know status of Pompeo investigations Trump ‘will not even consider’ renaming Army bases named for Confederate leaders Mississippi lawmakers drafting resolution to take Confederate emblem off state flag: report MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperHouse panel again presses Pentagon leaders to testify on military’s role in protests Overnight Defense: Trump rejects scrapping Confederate names from Army bases | House chairman ups push for Esper, Milley to testify | Ousted State IG tells lawmakers he doesn’t know status of Pompeo investigations Trump ‘will not even consider’ renaming Army bases named for Confederate leaders MORE were “open” to renaming the 10 bases named after Confederate officers.
The developments Thursday set up a confrontation between the White House and Congress, given the Republican support for Warren’s amendment.
At least one Republican on the committee, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps GOP senator urges FTC to investigate TikTok clone that pays users GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Mo.), said he opposed the measure.
The bases named after Confederate leaders are located in Southern states and include Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Fort Polk, Fort Pickett, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Rucker and Camp Beauregard.