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Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn’t mention him

14 August 2018
Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn’t mention him

Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump's 2016 presidential run. John McCain, R-Arizona, a harsh critic who is battling brain cancer, in his remarks to troops at the base, home to the Army's much-deployed 10th Mountain Division, although the bill is named the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019".

The bill is aimed at rebuilding the USA military by authorizing a total of $717 billion for military funding over the next year.

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".

The president continued to praise American armed forces, saying "no one on earth can match the strength of the US military". The president signed the bill at Fort Drum Army Base in NY.

He said with the new budget for 2019, the USA will make a critical investment in nuclear weapons.

The president said the defense policy measure signals that the "on the move once again and we are not backing down".

Leaders of United States 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 Communist Party, raising the risk of espionage.

Mr. Trump also got what he wanted in the measure with controls on US government contracts with China's ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies because of national-security concerns; the restrictions are nevertheless weaker than earlier versions of the bill. President Trump called the bill "the most significant investment" in the nation's military in modern history.

Trump warned in May that the ban was causing heavy job losses in China, and the Commerce Department reached a deal to lift the ban in June, allowing business with US companies to resume.

The law also bars the USA from selling F-35 fighter jets to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey.

In May, a West Wing aide dismissed McCain's negative opinion on Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee during a closed-door meeting by saying of the senator that "he's dying anyway".

The measure authorizes $500 million for the co-development and co-production of missile defense systems with Israel.

The NDAA was named in honor of Sen.

"I'm proud the NDAA is now law & humbled Congress chose to designate it in my name".