PROMISE KEPT: President Trump Signs Military Defense Bill, BOOSTS SOLDIERS Pay

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

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

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.

We are the best funded. "We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before and that's what we did". As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain was one of the most important voices in passing the vast military spending bill that Trump signed Monday.

Trump praised various military leaders in attendance as well as several members of Congress whom he credited for passing the bill, including Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.

Government agencies in the United States will be banned from using components and services from a number of Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE. "They want to jam transmissions", but "we'll be catching them very shortly. We must have American dominance in space".

Trump made his comments before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that boosts pay for military personnel by 2.6 percent and provides big increases in spending on military equipment.

The bill also authorizes billions of dollars for military construction, including family housing.

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The President's comments highlight the goodwill the United States and Mexico have enjoyed since AMOLwas elected in July. Guajardo told reporters last week that he would return to Washington, DC, to meet with Lighthizer this week.

"Serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and working on behalf of America's courageous service members has been one of the greatest honors of my life", he said.

As for Gillibrand, Trump called her "a puppet" of New York's other Democratic senator, Chuck Schumer.

Under the new law, $616.9 billion is authorized for the base Pentagon budget in fiscal 2019, which starts October 1.

The bill gives the Pentagon a $638 billion base budget for defence-related programmes linked to the Department of Energy plus an additional $69 billion for possible overseas operations.

There had been concerns Trump might be tempted to slash the number of USA soldiers on the peninsula as a cost-saving measure, but the bill prevents that. Last week, Mr. Trump announced he was doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey over its plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

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