Trump Signs Defense Bill Named For John McCain, But Refuses to Utter His Name

LA Times: “President 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.”

“The bill — formally 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.”

“The bill provides no money for Trump’s requested ‘space force,’ but authorizes the military parade he wants in Washington in November.”

“Trump and McCain have had a strained relationship for years. During his election campaign, Trump declared that McCain, who was a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam, was not a war hero, and he has publicly and privately blamed McCain for undercutting the Republican healthcare bill last year.”

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