Trump signs defense bill named for John McCain

Cain speaks during a hearing in Washington D.C. Nov. 30 2017

"We will replace aging tanks, aging planes and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology ever developed", Trump said. It's the earliest in the year that Congress has completed an NDAA in more than 20 years.

Trump praised various military leaders in attendance as well as several members of Congress whom he credited for passing the bill, including Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.

And under a section describing the Sense of Senate on US military forces on the Korean Peninsula, .it says their "significant removal" is "a non-negotiable item as it relates to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea.

The bill also directs the Secretary of Defense to study whether Turkey's planned deployment of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system will risk the security of several USA -made weapons used by Turkey, including the F-35 jet.

Earlier this month, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the defense policy bill. But the president is still willing to take a personal swipe at the Arizona Senator. That measure was seen as targeting China. "They want to jam transmissions that threaten our battlefield operations, and so many other things".

"We must have American dominance in space", he said while gesturing to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who attended the signing.

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The bill secures $717 billion for military funding next year, which includes new stealth fighter jets, battleships and a 2.6 percent raise for the troops. Trump made no mention of McCain during his speech, even when referring to the bill.

The act, titled the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act, sets the budget and funding priorities for the Department of Defense for the 2019 fiscal year.

The bill also authorizes billions of dollars for military construction, including family housing.

The NDDA authorizes $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Energy Department, and another $69 billion to fund USA war efforts under the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

Turkey's removal from the F-35 programme was taken out of the bill by the Congressional Conference Committee. Mr. Trump blasted her on Twitter as a "lowlife" and "not smart".

Critics say such a move would play into the hands of North Korea and China, . which wish to see USA troops removed from near their border.

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