Citing General Patton, Donald Trump Signs Massive Military Spending Bill

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

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John McCain that he signed during a ceremony Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y. "After years of devastating cuts, we're now rebuilding our military like we never have before".

"The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history, and I'm very proud to be a big, big part of it", Trump told the soldiers in his first trip to Upstate New York as president. It allows Trump to waive sanctions against countries that bought Russian weapons and now want to buy USA military equipment.

Some lawmakers wanted to reinstate sanctions on ZTE for illegally shipping products to Iran and North Korea.

The bill approves a $716 billion budget, $638 of which goes to the Pentagon for defense-related programs linked to the Department of Energy and another $69 billion for potential operations overseas.

He said there was "no better place than right here at Fort Drum" to celebrate passage of the bill, which will boost military pay by 2.6%, giving service members their largest increase in nine years.

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Trump said that Patton's words "still ring true", noting that the American military was the most powerful in the world.

The bill will affect not only Huawei and ZTE, but a number of other Chinese manufacturers in the field of communications as well and is also valid for contractors and other outside entities that will work with the government. That measure was seen as targeting China.

The policy, now signed into law, prohibits delivering the F-35s pending a Pentagon report on the relations between Ankara and Washington, which is due in 90 days. Last week, Mr. Trump announced he was doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey over its plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a letter to the Senate on July 7, opposed Turkey's removal from the programme, saying it could cause a disruption in a supply chain for the USA military and its partners while increasing other programme costs. The mandate to produce a study came after an earlier version proposed to bar the delivery of F-35s to Turkey.

Apart from Turkey, the U.S., U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Norway and Denmark are also present as participant members of the F-35 fighter jet program.

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