President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act Monday afternoon, approving a military spending budget of $717 billion in 2019 and a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel across the board.
The legislation -named after Senator John McCain- was officially signed into law by the Commander-in-Chief while he visited Fort Drum in New York.
“This authorization will give American war-fighters the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively,” said the President. “We will replace aging tents, aging planes, and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology every developed.”
“We are the most powerful. We are the best funded. We are the biggest, we are the strongest, we are the smartest,” the President told reporters.
Watch the President’s comments above.
PROMISE KEPT: Trump Recognizes JERUSALEM as Israeli Capital
President Donald Trump made history and fundamentally changed American foreign policy in the Middle East on Wednesday, officially recognizing Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel,” and announcing his decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” said the President.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous Presidents have made this a campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering,” he added.
“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” said Trump. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.”
Watch the President’s historic remarks above.
PROMISE KEPT: Trump Signs VETERANS ACT to Expand Healthcare
President Trump signed a new bill Wednesday aimed at increasing access to healthcare and expanding choices for Veterans across the United States; clearing the path for America’s service members to receive services from the private sector.
The VA MISSION Act was passed by both houses of Congress earlier this year, fulfilling a key campaign promise by the President who repeatedly pledged to allow US veterans the right to access healthcare from non-VA operated hospitals.
President Donald J. Trump signs the "VA Mission Act of 2018" in the Rose Garden.
Posted by Fox News on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The signing ceremony took place on the White House lawn earlier Wednesday, marking the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France that would eventually topple Nazi tyranny in Europe.
“What a beautiful word that is — choice — and freedom to our amazing veterans,” Trump said at the ceremony. “All during the campaign I’d go out and say, ‘Why can’t they just go see a doctor instead of standing in line for weeks and weeks and weeks?’ Now they can go see a doctor.”