Trump signs defence policy bill with softened China measures

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

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The mainstream media seems to have decided that the worst part about President Donald Trump signing this 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was his failure to acknowledge that it is named after Sen.

President Donald Trump signs the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019, during a signing ceremony Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle criticized Trump's tweet as irresponsible, prompting him to defend his position with yet another tweet.

This is the first time the defense authorization bill has been enacted before the start of the fiscal year since the fiscal 1997 measure was signed into law on September 23, 1996 by President Bill Clinton.

Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump's 2016 presidential run.

Trump has downplayed McCain's military service and said the former Naval aviator was "not a war hero".

Trump said the defence bill signed on Monday was "the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history". "I like people who weren't captured". While McCain fought in Vietnam, Trump lived lavishly as a real estate developer in New York City after receiving five draft deferments, one of which was for bone spurs in his foot.

Trump frequently publicly disparages McCain, although usually not by name.

"I have to tell you about Elise", Trump said. The president has repeatedly disparaged McCain, usually without using his name, even in the months since the senator has largely retreated from the Washington scene to his Arizona home for cancer treatment. 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. However, Trump failed to thank the senator for whom the bill is named. Trump said he tried to decline, but the congresswoman "didn't stop and here I am".

Trump planned to fly after his speech to Griffiss International Airport in Rome on his way to a private fundraiser in Utica for Rep. Claudia Tenney.

"We are the most powerful". More recently, McCain issued a statement critical of Trump's Helsinki summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.

The overwhelmingly bipartisan spending plan, which was approved by the Senate in June on a 85-to-10 vote, represents an $82 billion increase over the current year.

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