Trump signs $717bn annual defence policy bill into law

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

U.S. President Donald Trump has put pen to paper on a defense authorization bill that restricts any drawdown of American troops in South Korea.

President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a speech at Fort Drum in NY in which he teased soldiers over a pay increase they'll receive via a $716 billion defense spending authorization bill.

Trump couldn't sustain from criticizing, and just hours after the signing ceremony, Trump continued with the attacks at a campaign event for Rep. Claudia Tenney in Utica, New York.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, includes $616.9 billion for the Pentagon's base budget, another $69 billion for the overseas contingency operations, or OCO, funding and $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Energy Department. "The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history", Trump said Monday.

McCain, a former GOP presidential nominee, Vietnam War hero and POW, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a supporter of most of the priorities contained in the legislation. 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.

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"We have the best spirit, the best soldiers, ever to set foot on any battlefield, anywhere, at any time", he said, asserting that the United States was respected again. "Ask experts how much it would cost to make higher education at public colleges and universities free, and you'll get some big numbers".

In May, Mr. Trump had ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for drawing down troop levels in South Korea ahead of his Singapore summit meeting with North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un.

McCain National Defense Authorization Act will give USA service members a 2.6% pay raise, the first they've seen in nine years.

Both provisions, among several others in the NDAA, reflect congressional concerns about the president and drew objections from the White House.

It'll also provide a personnel boost. Last week, Mr. Trump announced he was doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey over its plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

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