Trump speaks at defense bill signing in NY

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2018

Trump said the bill "is the most significant investment in our military and our war-fighters in modern history".

But unsurprising or not, Trump's snubbing of McCain is still distasteful.

President Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for ailing Arizona GOP Sen.

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

"We have the best spirit, the best soldiers, ever to set foot on any battlefield, anywhere, at any time", he said, asserting that the United States was respected again.

"Hopefully, we'll be so strong we'll never have to use it". John McCain that he signed during a ceremony Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y.

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

The law also bars the USA from selling F-35 fighter jets to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey.

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He said with the new budget for 2019, the U.S. will make a critical investment in nuclear weapons.

Debates within the Republican Party had observers confused about how hard the government would come down on Chinese manufacturers, particularly given Donald Trump's role in both shouting down Chinese companies while simultaneously publicly supporting lifting trade bans on ZTE specifically.

Trump said the authorization of the defense spending bill will boost the size of the military.

Trump warned in May that the ban was causing heavy job losses in China, and the Commerce Department reached a deal to lift the ban in June, allowing business with US companies to resume.

In May, a West Wing aide dismissed McCain's negative opinion on Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee during a closed-door meeting by saying of the senator that "he's dying anyway".

There was outrage on social media at Trump's failure to mention McCain, with Howard Fineman, NBC anchor, calling it "petty" and "almost beyond comprehension".

"This year's NDAA represents an important opportunity to implement an effective approach to confront a growing array of threats", McCain said, adding that the administration's National Defense Strategy "outlined a framework for identifying and prioritizing these threats", with an emphasis on building readiness to deter China and Russian Federation.

McCain tweeted that he was "humbled" that Congress chose to name the bill after him.

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