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Trump gives anti Russian defense bill green light

Trump signs NDAA for FY 2019, authorizing $250 mln assistance to Ukraine

That measure was seen as targeting China, Reuters reported.

It also delays the delivery of stealth fighter aircraft to Turkey and blunts Chinese investments by strengthening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

In a separate statement earlier on Tuesday, China's commerce ministry said it would conduct a comprehensive assessment of the bill, which includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE and Huawei Technologies.

The NDAA, outlines USA military policy and the funds needed to support it.

President Donald Trump signs the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum, N.Y., on August 13, 2018. "But this time, the report suggests that China has the potential to take the former Soviet Union's place as an all-around competitor to the United States".

The measure authorizes a 2.6% pay raise for troops. "Credit unions have played an important role in helping our military men and women gain access to needed financial services, and we are pleased that this will continue to be the case".

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The Morning News of Savannah, Georgia, said it was a confidant, not an enemy, to the people. The New York Times added a pitch.

HONORING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 NDAA honors President Trump's commitment to our service members and their families.

The new budget has seen a 3.5 percent increase over the $692 billion budget from the previous fiscal year, marking the largest military budget in U.S. history, according to the Pentagon.

Trump later made a reference to McCain at a political fund-raiser in Utica, New York, knocking him - as Trump does repeatedly - for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law previous year. The act authorizes $24.1 billion for shipbuilding to fully fund 13 new battle force ships and accelerate funding for several future ships. Turkey had placed an order for procuring 30 F-35A fighter jets and it intends to buy 70 more under the Joint Striker Fighter project.

The administration is also angered by Turkey's detaining of a US pastor on terrorism charges.

The defense policy bill bars the delivery of F-35 jets to fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey amid concerns over Ankara's desire to buy a Russian missile defense system.

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