Trump Signs Bill Named After McCain, But Doesn't Mention Senator Once

Adjust Comment Print

The ban is a component of the Defense Authorization Act, which was signed by Trump.

WASHINGTON-If U.S. President Donald Trump had wanted to make a gracious mention of John McCain, the ailing Republican senator from Arizona, he could have done it Monday, when the president signed the $716 billion (U.S.) military spending bill named in McCain's honour.

Trump signed the law at the US Army's Fort Drum base in upstate NY on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.

In a statement marking the signing, McCain never mentioned Trump, with whom he has clashed on a range of issues from health care to the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We resolutely oppose any country having any forms of formal and military exchanges with Taiwan, this stance has been consistent and clear", Wu said.

Trump said there was "no better place than right here at Fort Drum" to celebrate passage of the defense bill, which will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, giving service members their largest increase in nine years.

Man steals Passenger Flight and crashes while Driving: Reported Dead
Airports and airlines conduct background checks , but Stratman said they don't include mental health screenings. The agency said they found the flight data recorder and parts of the voice recorder in the wreckage.

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new USA defence act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a US panel that reviews foreign investment proposals.

The bill gives the Pentagon a $638 billion base budget for defence-related programmes linked to the Department of Energy plus an additional $69 billion for possible overseas operations.

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices.

So while ZTE will no longer be allowed to sell gear to the U.S. government, ZTE officials are likely breathing a sigh of relief, since the Senate bill could have put ZTE out of business altogether.

The ban doesn't cover just Huawei and ZTE, but other Chinese telecommunications hardware makers, such as Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company and Dahua Technology Company.

The NDAA does strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews proposed foreign investments to weigh whether they threaten national security. That measure was seen as targeting China. John McCain, R-Ariz., during his speech, even though Congress honored the 81-year-old senator by putting his name on the annual bill authorizing military spending.

Comments