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Trump overheard reiterating support for Confederate-named bases in call to senator

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump was put on speakerphone in a restaurant during a conversation with Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe Wednesday, where the two discussed Trump's opposition to changing the names of US military bases named after Confederate officials, according to The New York Times.

(CNN)President Donald Trump was put on speakerphone in a restaurant during a conversation with Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe Wednesday, where the two discussed Trump's opposition to changing the names of US military bases named after Confederate officials, according to The New York Times.

Trump has said he would veto the legislation if it strips the Confederate names from military bases.

The President said he spoke to Inhofe who, according to Trump, told him that "he WILL NOT be changing the names of our great Military Bases. "

Inhofe is now vowing to keep provisions to strip Confederate names from military bases out of the final National Defense Authorization Act -- although it's unclear how he could pull it off after both chambers of Congress approved similar efforts to get rid of the names with veto-proof majorities last week.

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