Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill Giving 2.6% Pay Raise to US Troops

Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill Giving 2.6% Pay Raise to US Troops

But unsurprising or not, Trump's snubbing of McCain is still distasteful.

The president is expected to meet with soldiers at Fort Drum and then sign the National Defense Authorization Act.

The bill is aimed at rebuilding the USA military by authorizing a total of $717 billion for military funding over the next year.

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

The president continued to praise American armed forces, saying "no one on earth can match the strength of the USA military".

Standing in front of soldiers and senior military leaders at Fort Drum in NY, U.S. President Donald Trump made no mention of Senator John McCain who has been one of the president's fiercest critics. Trump said he had expressed that it would be near-impossible to make the trip to upstate NY because of other scheduling considerations.

Trump has lifted an earlier ban on US companies selling to ZTE, allowing China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business and putting him at odds with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Mystery Blast in Northern Syria Kills at Least 36
While some attacks have been claimed by Daesh, most are the result of infighting since past year between various other groups. Idlib is the last of four "de-escalation" zones agreed by world powers in 2017 where the rebels still have a major presence.

"It does nothing to identify real security risks or improve supply chain security, and will only serve to stifle innovation while increasing internet costs for U.S. consumers and businesses", Huawei said.

The bill weakens a bid to clamp down on Chinese telecom company ZTE.

Trump warned in May that the ban was causing heavy job losses in China, and the Commerce Department reached a deal to lift the ban in June, allowing business with US companies to resume. Yet Trump never once mentioned the senator.

The president deemed the annual military spending bill the "most significant investment in our military".

The measure also helps modernize the military by enhancing research in the field of artificial intelligence and hypersonic technology.

The measure authorizes $500 million for the co-development and co-production of missile defense systems with Israel. However Trump did not mention McCain's name during extended remarks at the signing, even omitting it when saying the name of the bill.

McCain said in a statement he was "humbled" the bill was named after him, adding that it will address "a growing array of threats".

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