President Trump visits Fort Drum

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

Trump Signs Bill Named for Sen. McCain, Doesn't Mention Him

Trump delivered an address to troops at the Fort Drum U.S. Army reservation in NY before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which was passed by Congress on August 1.

Congress named the legislation for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, who is battling brain cancer. John McCain, who viewed the yearly military spending bill as one of his top priorities.

A new act signed by US President Donald Trump leaves the technologies of Huawei and ZTE largely banned from use by the US government and government contractors.

It also authorises a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in almost a decade, as well as boost the size of the Navy and the ranks of the military by 15,600 active-duty troops.

For those following this particular string of escalating sanctions from the U.S. Government against these companies over the past couple months, you'd know this has been a long time coming, despite these firms' efforts to prevent the ban from happening.

The bill weakens a bid to clamp down on Chinese telecom company ZTE.

"I want to say, very strongly, there is no better place than right here at Fort Drum to celebrate its passage", the president said. As a candidate, Trump said he did not like McCain because the senator, a Navy pilot during the war in Vietnam, was shot down and captured, held for more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison and repeatedly tortured. He also signed into law the $717 billion annual defence policy bill, which authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on the United States government contracts with China's ZTE and Huawei Technologies.

Trump added that a strong military requires a robust USA economy, which he said helps provide funding for new equipment, pay increases for soldiers and reduces the unemployment rate for veterans. That measure was seen as targeting China.

The bill is called the John S McCain National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2019. -Turkish relations and the effect of cutting Turkey out of the F-35 production chain.

Prior to the ceremony Trump watched an air assault demonstration by USA troops at Fort Drum.

The Turkish defence industry has taken an active role in the production of aircraft.

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