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Citing General Patton, Donald Trump Signs Massive Military Spending Bill

Citing General Patton, Donald Trump Signs Massive Military Spending Bill

United States President Donald Trump has signed a US$716 billion (S$984 billion) defence policy Bill that authorises military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies.

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. 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.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to join Trump for the event at this northern NY military base, which is home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division. McCain, Doesn't Mention Him.

The spending package for next year, which is up from $700 billion, also cleared the way for retaliatory cyberattacks and approved a 12th aircraft carrier and 13 new warships.

Earlier Trump tweeted that he was "looking forward" to talking to America's "great heroes" and signing H.R. 515, the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019".

It reflects the determination of the U.S. to resist the expansion of Chinese military activity in cyberspace and around disputed islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing is believed to have deployed cruise missiles.

Rep. Elise Stefanik invited President Trump to Fort Drum this past spring. The NDAA also allows $7.6 billion for 77 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. "We'll be catching them very shortly".

"I've seen things that you don't even want to see", he said of intelligence about China's military.

McCain became one of Trump's favorite targets on the presidential campaign trail in 2015 when Trump told supporters he "liked people who weren't captured". This came after the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen visited Los Angeles and delivered a speech on Monday outlining that her country's freedom "was not negotiable".

The 2019 NDAA passed Congress with bipartisan support, although New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, voted against it.

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