"The National Defence Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our Military and our warfighters in modern history!", the US President tweeted.
The bill also featured $295 million to update the B-52 bombers housed at Barksdale to extend the useful life of the long-range heavy bombers beyond the year 2050. "But if we ever did nobody has a chance", he said. Even though Trump has obviously disrespected McCain multiple times and failing to acknowledge his name at Fort Drum, at the end of the day, it is most important that the bill is passed.
Trump traveled to Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division in upstate NY to sign the bill, which was named in honor of former Vietnam prisoner of war Sen.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed into law a policy bill, putting on hold a planned delivery of F-35 jets to Ankara thus ratcheting up tensions with Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the Turkish daily Hurriyet and U.S. news magazine Foreign Policy reported.
The president and vice president were greeted on the tarmac by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro), who formally invited Trump to visit the Army base back in March. Mr. Trump blasted her on Twitter as a "lowlife" and "not smart".
The measure signed by Trump will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest hike in nine years.
Before his speech, Trump stood on the tarmac at the airfield to watch a previously unannounced air assault exercise with 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers and Black Hawk helicopters. And just hours after signing the military spending bill Monday, he did the same thing at a fundraiser in upstate NY.
Separately, the NDAA authorises spending US$7.6 billion for 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, made by Lockheed Martin. The bill is officially named after Arizona Senator and longtime Republican leader John McCain. "Previous presidents would at least give some mention to the individual for whom a bill was named". Trump said he had expressed that it would be near-impossible to make the trip to upstate NY because of other scheduling considerations.