World News

Trump signs defense bill named for John McCain

Trump signs defense bill named for John McCain

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.

"Since President Trump would not do it, let us here on "The Lead" congratulate Sen".

"Climb to glory, 10th Mountain Division", she said, referencing the division's motto.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan noted that the legislation calls for a 2.6-percent pay raise for troops in 2019, the biggest in nine years.

Standing in front of soldiers and senior military leaders at Fort Drum in NY, U.S. President Donald Trump made no mention of Senator John McCain who has been one of the president's fiercest critics. "We are going to strengthen our military like never before and that's what we did".

"The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history", Trump said. Outspoken Trump critic and the namesake of the bill, Sen.

McCain tweeted that he was "humbled" that Congress chose to name the bill after him. More recently, McCain issued a statement critical of Trump's Helsinki summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump mostly stuck to his script, reading from a teleprompter during a speech that lasted a little more than 30 minutes. But the president is still willing to take a personal swipe at the Arizona Senator. He congratulated himself for not using the term "fake news".

More news: Trump camp to sue Omarosa for breaking non-disclosure?

"That didn't stop, and here I am", Trump said before calling Stefanik up on stage. I said, 'I won't be able to.

Fort Drum Army base is home to almost 20,000 active military members.

Trump received a 21-gun salute as a military band played Hail to the Chief on the tarmac at Fort Drum's Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.

Trump praised Stefanik for pushing him to be in attendance at the ceremony, despite initial schedule conflicts.

Fort Drum is the largest single-site employer in NY state, and its 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the Army since 2001.

Trump was met at the runway by military officials as an air assault exercise was underway.

The president also took some time to chat with three Army soldiers, their faces covered in camouflage paint, who took part in the exercise.

Pence's schedule does not include a trip to Utica later this afternoon, where Trump plans to attend a fundraiser for Representative Claudia Tenney.