Trump Signs Act Named After John McCain Without Mentioning McCain Once

Cain speaks during a hearing in Washington D.C. Nov. 30 2017

Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSen. John Mc Cain speaks during a hearing in Washington D.C. Nov. 30 2017

"After years of devastating cuts, we're now rebuilding our military like never before", Mr. Trump said.

While Stefanik tends to vote with the president's agenda, she has also criticized some of his signature policies and statements over the past 18 months.

The president spent a few minutes after his remarks shaking hands with the soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

"No enemy on earth can match the strength, courage and skill of the American armed forces", Trump said.

"I'm very proud that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 has been signed into law", he said. "We know the real truth, but I won't say it today".

"President Trump just a few minutes ago thanking a laundry list of people before officially signing", Tapper said on CNN.

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Some lawmakers wanted to use the bill to reinstate tough sanctions on ZTE to punish the company for illegally shipping products to Iran and North Korea, but the restrictions included in the final National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that passed Congress were weaker than earlier versions of the bill.

Hundreds of service members filled the plane hangar for the event along with their families, families that will be directly impacted by items of the bill, particularly the 2.6-percent pay raise.

The measure authorizes $7.6 billion for 77 new F-35 "stealth" Joint Strike Fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin, and $24.1 billion to fund the construction of 13 new battle force ships.

"Our foreign competitors and adversaries have already begun weaponizing space", Trump said, adding that communications systems and satellites may be a target. "They want to jam transmissions, which threaten our battlefield operations and so many other things".

He said with the new budget for 2019, the USA will make a critical investment in nuclear weapons. The almost trillion-dollar package will be spent on "the finest planes, and ships, and tanks, and missiles anywhere on Earth", Trump said from Fort Drum in upstate NY.

At a June rally, Trump criticized McCain for voting against a Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying that "one senator chose to put the thumb down, late in the morning".

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