On Monday, August 13, President Trump traveled to Fort Drum Army base in New York to sign a $716 billion defense policy bill which will increase military pay by 2.6 percent. This is the largest boost in nine years, according to Fox News. The bill will also allow for new equipment for the military.
“For the new authorization, we will increase the size and strength of our military by adding thousands of new recruits to active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including 4,000 new active duty soldiers,” President Trump said.
“And we will replace aging tanks, aging planes, and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology ever developed, and hopefully we'll be so strong that we'll never have to use it," Trump said.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is named for the ailing Arizona GOP Senator John McCain. McCain has been battling brain cancer for quite some time, but he said that he was “humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name.”
"As Chairman of the Armed Services Cmte, I've found high purpose in service of a cause greater than self—the cause of our troops who defend America & all that she stands for," McCain wrote in a tweet.
The new bill is titled the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.”
When Trump arrived at the Fort Drum Army base, he was welcomed by multiple soldiers. The honored president was seen saluting our troops during and after the synchronized helicopter landings and other military formations. As Trump stood on base, he witnessed cannons being fired while soldiers performed tactical formations.
After the patriotic events, the proud American president sat down to sign the National Defense Authorization Act. Hundreds of photos were taken that day, but there is one in particular that is gaining a lot of attention. Do you think this should get more attention? Let us know!