Trump attacks Russian Federation provisions in signed defense bill

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

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

Wow. At event to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, President Trump makes no mention of John McCain.

The White House opposed putting stronger measures against the companies in the bill, and the measures were softened before lawmakers held their final vote. Military.com estimates the pay raise will mean about $670 more annually for junior enlisted troops and about $1,300 more for senior enlisted and junior officers.

The impact for government agencies and contractors who who now use Huawei and ZTE technology could be massive as it comes into effect over the next two years claim analysts.

The measure authorizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops - the largest in almost a decade. Military personnel received a 3.4 percent pay increase in 2010.

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The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in almost a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president's proposed Space Force. The military will also be allowed to bring on almost 16,000 additional troops, spread across active duty and reserves.

He said with the new budget for 2019, the United States will make a critical investment in nuclear weapons. "They want to jam transmissions, which threaten our battlefield operations and so many other things".

The president did, however, boast about creating a new military branch, the Space Force.

Trump also argued the bill would unjustly limit his presidential authority by restricting military-to-military cooperation with Russia and mandating he report to Congress if the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or if he discussed a new START Treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Earlier Trump tweeted that he was "looking forward" to talking to America's "great heroes" and signing H.R. 515, the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019".

A large group of critics gathered in Watertown's Public Square to protest President Donald Trump's visit.

During his three-decade career in the Senate, McCain has been a longtime supporter of the military. Fort Drum's headquarters is in the process of returning from Iraq.

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