Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Trump speaks at defense bill signing in NY

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill Trump: Troops to see ‘biggest pay increase’ in a decade
Ellis Copeland | 16 August, 2018, 23:34

No, the POTUS went out of his way to erase the John McCain's name from the legislation, which authorizes $717 billion in defense spending.

McCain National Defense Authorization Act, . which approves 716-billion USA dollars for defense in fiscal year 2019, . was recently passed by both chambers of Congress, . and was sent to President Trump on Monday to sign into law.

Huawei and ZTE had been identified as threats by the U.S. government as early as a 2012 House report.

Notably in his remarks, Trump never mentioned McCain by name, even though the bill is named in his honor. The bill will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, the biggest hike in nine years. The statement said the president retains the power to reduce the levels of deployed ICBMs, reiterated the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay to hold prisoners and moves the new artificial intelligence commission under the purview of the legislative branch.

The feud between Trump and McCain has escalated, particularly after the senator became an outspoken critic for many of Trump's policies. The president signed the bill at Fort Drum Army Base in NY.

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

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With the NDAA signed into law, Congress now turns its attention to passing a defence spending bill to make the dollar amounts authorized by the NDAA a reality.


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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders that Washington will withdraw sanctions on Turkey if Brunson was set free. On Wednesday, a court in Izmir, where Brunson is on trial, rejected his appeal to be released from house arrest.


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The pay increase is effective October 1.

The bill represents a $82 billion funding increase for the Department of Defense over the current period, including a $617 billion Pentagon budget, $22 billion for the nuclear weapons program and $69 billion for US military efforts overseas.

A tit-for-tat over the F-35s could leave the US and all other parties with stakes in the F-35 program short-suited, a much costlier bet than the $12 billion profit expected by participating Turkish firms.

Although it's been difficult to get hard numbers on the DoD's total carbon footprint, it's largely accepted that the USA military is likely the single biggest energy consumer in the world.

President Donald Trump couldn't manage to say a single nice thing about Sen.

The administration is also angered by Turkey's detaining of a USA pastor on terrorism charges.

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