Trump snubs McCain at Fort Drum

Carolyn Kaster  AP

Carolyn Kaster AP

President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes a top-line budget of $717 billion. McCain - authorizes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and increases the active duty forces by 15,600 service members.

"Trump snubs John McCain during bill signing meant to honor him", NBC News complained in a headline that was repeated nearly verbatim in Business Insider, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Bloomberg and many other major news outlets.

John McCain, prohibits the U.S. government and its contractors from buying certain telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from ZTE, Huawei and a handful of other Chinese communications companies.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the White House denied any change to its One China Policy.

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ZTE seemingly had little hope of survival until Trump tweeted that he was pushing the Commerce Department to work with ZTE to remove the ban - an unprecedented move by a USA president to countermand one of his own departments.

Instead, the NDAA strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which determines whether proposed foreign investments threaten national security.

"When you're pumping money into the military, you're not just pumping money into an institution that burns a lot of fossil fuels and emits a lot of greenhouse gases", Sen says, adding that funds also go to providing armed protection to the fossil fuel industry under the guise of national security. The 2019 bill, which President Trump signed on Monday, includes $716 billion in funding for the armed forces and related programs.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik invited Trump to visit Fort Drum back in March.

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The measure also includes provisions created to improve how the Defense Department handles reports of sexual assaults among the tens of thousands of children and teens who live and go to school on the military bases where their parents serve.

A spokesperson for the Turkish presidential office suggested last month that Turkey may take legal action if the delivery of F-35 jets is delayed or blocked.

Turkey invested 1.25 billion dollars in the development of the fighter jet, and a number of Turkish companies were involved in its manufacture. The NDAA allows $7.6 billion for 77 of Lockheed Martin LMT 's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

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