"The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the most significant investment in our military and our warfighters in modern history, and I am very proud to be a big, big part of it", Trump said before signing the bill on Monday. According to CNN, he continued thanking multiple members of Congress.
"We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before". "He's a war hero cause he was captured. And that's what we did", Trump said.
"He is a war hero because he was captured? I like people that weren't captured, okay?" The US President has referenced the Arizona senator over the past few months for his health care vote, but without directly naming him.
Cautions trump attracted criticism from lawmakers.
McCain's daughter, conservative commentator Meghan McCain said that Trump comments were "gross and pathetic". "I am particularly humbled that my colleagues chose to designate legislation of such importance in my name".
On June 18, the US Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act an amendment banning the sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets to Turkey citing Ankara's planned purchase of two batteries of the S-400 air defense missile system from Russian Federation.
US President Donald Trump arrives to address US Army soldiers and sign the National Defense Authorization Act at Fort Drum, New York, US Aug 13, 2018.
The act authorizes $717 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2019, which lasts from Oct 1 to Sept 30, 2019.
Trump later made a reference to McCain at a political fund-raiser in Utica, New York, knocking him - as Trump does repeatedly - for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law past year.