White House threatens to veto Senate defense bill

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Posted: Jun 07, 2016 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a Senate defense spending bill, saying it would prevent President Barack Obama from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and limit the size of his National Security Council.

"The bill would undermine expert judgments of the (Defense) Department's civilian and military leadership and constrain the ability of the president and the secretary of defense to appropriately manage and direct the nation's defense," the White House said in a statement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Alistair Bell)