Defense Secretary says Obama could veto DADT repeal

Sun. June 20, 2010 5:01 PM by News Staff

Washington, D.C. - President Obama supports lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, but he will veto a bill that has a DADT repeal inside it, if he doesn't like the rest of the legislation.

On FOX News Sunday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Obama is not going to pay for C-17 cargo plane or new engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, no matter what other bait is in the bill.

"It would be a very serious mistake to believe that the president would not veto a bill that has the C-17 or the alternative engine in it just because it had other provisions that the president and the administration want," Gates said.

Gates supports repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" but he doesn't want Congress to tell him when to do it.

The military is conducting a review of the best way to eliminate the discriminatory policy and the report is due in December. Once the review is finalized, the President, Defense Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to sign off on the changes.