Trump signs defense authorization bill in New York visit

14 August, 2018, 19:58 | Author: Bert Pena
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Trump said the authorization of the defense spending bill will boost the size of the military.

And under a section describing the Sense of Senate on USA 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 measure authorizes $7.6 billion for 77 new F-35 "stealth" Joint Strike Fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin, and $24.1 billion to fund the construction of 13 new battle force ships.

"The restriction comes as President Trump has repeatedly indicated his willingness to eventually pull American forces out of South Korea".

The compromise bill removes a provision reinstating penalties against ZTE and restricting the company's ability to buy US component parts.

Communications technology manufactured by either Huawei or ZTE will not be permitted for use within the U.S. government nor by its contractors.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a letter to the Senate on July 7, opposed Turkey's removal from the program, saying it could cause a disruption in a supply chain for the USA military and its partners while increasing other program costs.

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For those following this particular string of escalating sanctions from the U.S. Government against these companies over the past couple months, you'd know this has been a long time coming, despite these firms' efforts to prevent the ban from happening. The bill retains language blocking US government purchases and contracts with ZTE.

The NDAA also includes substantial language aimed at forcing the military into better reporting of aspects of their assorted to wars to Congress. Trump has spoken warmly of Arpaio for years, and last year he pardoned the former lawman after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to civil rights violations by his department directed toward immigrants.

For his part, McCain has always been critical of Trump.

McCain responded but did not mention Trump, instead tweeting he was "proud" of the bill and "humbled" that it had been named for him.

On Monday, McCain expressed pride in the bill signing in a statement he issued afterward.

As for Gillibrand, Trump called her "a puppet" of New York's other Democratic senator, Chuck Schumer.

The president studiously avoided reading the official name of the legislation - which would have meant mentioning McCain - during the 28-minute speech or during the signing ceremony afterward.


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