The bill - formally named the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act but referred to by Trump as simply the National Defense Authorization Act - will introduce thousands of new recruits to active duty, reserve and National Guard units and replace aging tanks, planes, ships and helicopters with more advanced and lethal technology, Trump said.
"Thank you for being here to sign the historic National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the largest pay increase, support for our military families, and investing in our military readiness".
President Donald Trump couldn't manage to say a single nice thing about Sen. "After years of devastating cuts, we're now rebuilding our military like we never have before".
Trump did not mention Sen.
"This year's NDAA represents an important opportunity to implement an effective approach to confront a growing array of threats", McCain said, adding that the administration's National Defense Strategy "outlined a framework for identifying and prioritizing these threats", with an emphasis on building readiness to deter China and Russian Federation.
McCain, a Vietnam War veteran who flew jets for the Navy, has been undergoing treatment in Arizona for brain cancer that was diagnosed over a year ago. He congratulated himself for not using the term "fake news".
"That didn't stop, and here I am", Trump said before calling Stefanik up on stage. Her district, New York's 22nd, is one of the most competitive House races in the country as Republicans try to hold on to the seat. I said, 'I won't be able to.
According to the Vice President's office, Pence will travel separately from Trump to Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum and arrive at about 1:30 p.m. President Trump is expected to arrive about 30 minutes later. Stefanik has advocated for the Army post to receive increased funding, and has asked the Pentagon to build an East Coast missile interceptor site at Fort Drum.
The White House said the NDAA helps to develop "a more lethal and resilient force", and will increase the size of US forces by authorizing 15,600 more troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. But Mr. Trump struck a deal to lift the sanctions at the personal request of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been helping Mr. Trump in his efforts to negotiate with North Korea on denuclearization. In March, GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, invited Mr. Trump to visit the base during his first term in office, highlighting that both former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama did so in their first terms.
Tickets to the fundraiser at the Hotel Utica cost up to $15,000 for donors who want to join Trump in a roundtable discussion and have their photo taken with the president.