Trump Signs Bill Named After McCain, But Doesn't Mention Senator Once

Geraldine Edwards
August 16, 2018

The $716 billion defense bill, which is created to build up the military, is named after one of the president's most vocal critics, Republican Arizona Sen.

One focus of the bill was cracking down on China's influence in the US, including tightening reviews on Chinese investment in America.

It said the US should "abandon its cold-war mindset and zero-sum philosophy and view China and Sino-US relations in an objective perspective".

President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act Monday afternoon, approving a military spending budget of $717 billion in 2019 and a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel across the board. McSally, who was in the audience, is running for the Arizona Senate seat that will open with the retirement of GOP Sen. Under the new spending plan, the Pentagon is authorized to purchase 77 F-35 fighter jets at a cost of almost $7.6 billion, among other aircraft and equipment.

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Vice President Mike Pence is also at Fort Drum with Trump. Will Turkey now go for the Chinese fifth generation J-16 fighter jets or Russian SU-57, as the USA might never sell the F-35A fighter jets to Turkey now?

The NDAA does strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews proposed foreign investments to weigh whether they threaten national security. I've seen things that you don't even want to see - what they're doing and how advanced they are. We must have American dominance in space.

"And since President Trump would not do it, let us here on "The Lead" congratulate Sen".

"This legislation reforms the Pentagon to make our military more agile, provides resources to ensure our armed forces have the tools needed for modern warfare, and extends funding for global counterterrorism efforts", said the Wisconsin Republican.

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Trump thanked several lawmakers during his speech, but he did not mention McCain, a former US Navy pilot and a prisoner-of-war.

The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force's B-21 bomber project and allocate $7.6 billion in funds for the purchase of 77 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jets and $85 million for Sikorsky-made UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

Turkey's plans to purchase the S-400 missile defence systems from Russian Federation too could be one of the reasons behind the ban on the sale of the F-35s to Ankara.

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