Trump signs $717bn defence bill to curb China's military ambitions

Trump signs $717bn defence bill to curb China's military ambitions

Trump signs $717bn defence bill to curb China's military ambitions

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department's base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday.

The US has cancelled its military exercises with China in a $716 billion defence bill signed by President Trump yesterday. While Trump praised the military during his remarks at New York's Fort Drum, the president did not address McCain. The bill signing will take place at Hangar 2060 on the Fort Drum Army base.

US President Donald Trump has restricted the delivery of 100 F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, exacerbating the strain between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Ankara's continued detention of an American pastor.

"We would not be here for today's signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts without the dedicated members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act", Trump said as he thanked several lawmakers, including Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona and Rep. Elise Stefanik of NY. McCain, R-Ariz., whose name is on the bill, but has mostly been absent from Congress while undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

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

Trump made his comments before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that boosts pay for military personnel by 2.6 percent and provides big increases in spending on military equipment.

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Stefanik, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, invited Trump in March to visit Fort Drum.

Meanwhile, the White House said in a statement on Monday that national security adviser John Bolton has met Serdar Kilic, Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., at the request of the ambassador.

"I'm so proud of myself", Trump said.

Vice President Mike Pence added that Trump is "keeping his promise to the American people to rebuild our military".

"It's not enough to have American presence in space". Under the new spending plan, the Pentagon is authorized to purchase 77 F-35 fighter jets at a cost of almost $7.6 billion, among other aircraft and equipment.

The 2019 NDAA passed Congress with bipartisan support, although New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, voted against it.

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