This Thursday, the Senate approved a $740 billion defense bill by 86-14 and will now ship it off to be reconciled with the House defense bill passed on Tuesday.
According to reports, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who co-wrote and led debate on the bill, said that a provision would be removed from the bill that requires 10 military bases named after Confederate generals to be renamed. The Oklahoman reports that Inhofe said he "spoke" with President Trump about the provision, which they both oppose.
In a tweet this Friday, Trump wrote that he did indeed speak with Inhofe and that he assured Trump that he "WILL NOT be changing the names of our great Military Bases and Forts, places from which we won two World Wars (and more!)."
"Like me, Jim is not a believer in 'Cancel Culture,'" Trump added.
But the tweet sparked confusion from some reporters on Twitter.
Does the president think that Jim Inhofe can single-handedly, retroactively amend a bill after passage? The Senate… https://t.co/dGEGoMMBMz— Andrew Desiderio (@Andrew Desiderio)1595601310.0
Both the House and Senate NDAAs — which passed with veto proof majorities — instruct the Pentagon to come up with n… https://t.co/zTsc8mkkqO— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim)1595601295.0
Well... this is awkward. The NDAA, including the language on changing names of bases named after Confederate figure… https://t.co/WbWi9VnI7N— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake)1595601144.0
Its.... in the bill. Both the House and Senate versions. I suppose technically the language doesn't change the na… https://t.co/0vsQCZHx0R— Aaron Mehta (@Aaron Mehta)1595601393.0
Sen. Inhofe's bill - approved yesterday by the full Senate - includes a provision letting the military change the n… https://t.co/1M5k7zApVN— Jamie Dupree (@Jamie Dupree)1595601457.0
The NDAA - with provision changing the base names - passed the Senate and House with veto-proof majorities. It stil… https://t.co/woAVnc8Raj— Patricia Zengerle (@Patricia Zengerle)1595601448.0
Inhofe told @casteelpolitics “We’re going to see to it that provision doesn’t survive the bill...I’m not going to s… https://t.co/LBo1sIdc89— Nicholas Wu (@Nicholas Wu)1595601775.0