President Trump Visits Upstate NY Today

Aug 17, 2018, 00:14
President Trump Visits Upstate NY Today

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes a top-line budget of $717 billion.

Such signing statements are a common practice for presidents to issue during negotiations and subsequent passage of major legislation such as H.R. 5515, also known as the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, named for the ailing Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from Arizona. While Trump praised the military during his remarks at New York's Fort Drum, the president did not address McCain.

Army personnel wait for the president to arrive next to a Blackhawk helicopter inside a Fort Drum air hangar.

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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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The White House said the NDAA helps to develop "a more lethal and resilient force", and will increase the size of USA forces by authorizing 15,600 more troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

There had been concerns Trump might be tempted to slash the number of US soldiers on the peninsula as a cost-saving measure, but the bill prevents that. John McCain, R-Ariz., during his speech, even though Congress honored the 81-year-old senator by putting his name on the annual bill authorizing military spending.

"For those asking did I expect Trump to be an asshole today", former McCain speechwriter Mark Salter said on Twitter.

Rep. Elise Stefanik invited President Trump to Fort Drum this past spring.

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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.

"We will increase the size and strength of our military by adding thousands of new recruits to active duty", he said.

"I'm so proud of myself", Trump said.

His wife, Cindy McCain, meanwhile, retweeted a post from CBS News that noted Trump had neglected to mention McCain at the signing.

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