Trump speaks at defense bill signing in NY

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

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Speaking to troops at Fort Drum, N.Y., Mr. Trump said the new National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019 is "the most significant investment in our military, and in our warfighters, in a generation".

U.S. President Donald Trump has put pen to paper on a defense authorization bill that restricts any drawdown of American troops in South Korea. Actually, Obama's first three defence budgets were larger when adjusted for inflation, according to Todd Harrison at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate NY on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.

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

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On June 18, the US Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act an amendment banning the sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets to Turkey citing Ankara's planned purchase of two batteries of the S-400 air defense missile system from Russian Federation.

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

Trump also touted the $716 billion in the forthcoming 2019 fiscal year military funding, and he talked about the economic success of his administration as well the United States as leaders in space.

"Hopefully we'll be so strong we'll never have to use it". President Donald Trump did not.

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The White House's criticism of the bill extended beyond Russia-related provisions. The NDAA also allows $7.6 billion for 77 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

The president and vice were greeted on the tarmac by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro), who formally invited Trump to visit the Army base back in March.

"I fully understand the "one China" policy, but I don't know why we have to be bound by a "one China" policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade", Trump told Fox News in December 2016.

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

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Fort Drum is the largest single-site employer in NY state, and its 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the Army since 2001.

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