Trump signs $716 billion defence policy bill

Saul Bowman
August 17, 2018

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press Booming economy has Trump taking a well-deserved victory lap Administration should use its leverage to get Egypt to improve its human rights record MORE (D-N.J.), the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement slamming the president's statements on the Russian Federation provisions, particularly that regarding Crimea.

In response to the bill, Huawei said in a statement to Reuters, "Huawei supports the U.S. government's goals for better security, but this random addition to the NDAA is ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional".

This continues a smear campaign against the war hero who represents a pre-Trump Republican party, before the GOP platform was officially changed to a pro-Russia one in 2016.

The President did not mention Mr McCain's name during his speech at Fort Drum.

The president also said the measure will help to create the new U.S. Space Force, which he said is necessary to counter military moves by China and others in orbit.

United States President Donald Trump has signed a US$716 billion (S$984 billion) defence policy Bill that authorises military spending and includes watered-down controls on USA government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies.

McSally made the trip across the country to the Army's Fort Drum and was rewarded with a shout-out from Trump, although not an endorsement.

Leaders of USA intelligence agencies have said they are concerned that ZTE, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and some other Chinese companies are beholden to the Chinese government or Community Party, raising the risk of espionage.

Though presidential objections in signing statements are not uncommon, Trump's pushback on Russia-related provisions is notable given his attempts to forge closer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin - even as US intelligence officials said Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election by ordering a campaign of cybertheft and propaganda.

Although Trump himself never served in the military, he had the courage to attack McCain and his service.

"I'm humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name". While McCain fought in Vietnam, Trump lived lavishly as a real estate developer in New York City after receiving five draft deferments, one of which was for bone spurs in his foot. "Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee has been an incredibly meaningful experience since my first days on Capitol Hill", McCain said in a press release when the bill was passed earlier this month.

The bill was passed 87 to 10 in the Senate on August 1 after being approved by the House.

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