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$716 Million Spending Bill to Aid Military

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Bill to Aid Military Signed

President Donald Trump traveled to Upstate New York on Monday, August 13 to sign a $716 million appropriations bill to aid the military. The John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act will provide raises to service members as well as additional warships and other boosts to the armed forces. The bipartisan spending plan was approved by the Senate in June on an 87-to-10 vote.

“This authorization will give America’s warfighter the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively,” Trump said. “We must always be on the cutting edge.”

The ceremonial signing at Fort Drum military base near Watertown, NY was marred with a little bit of controversy as Trump did not mention McCain, for whom the appropriations bill was named.

Liberal Media Focuses on McCain

The liberal media had a field day with the decision by Trump not to mention the ailing senator. Here is a sampling of the tweets from those who are disappointed Trump did not mention McCain.

Trump’s failure even to *mention* this dying military hero in the event celebrating a spending bill *named* after @SenJohnMcCain proves that Donald is the smallest man ever to occupy the presidential office. He is an all-star national disgrace.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 13, 2018 


.@realDonaldTrump-You had the audacity to leave Sen John McCain out of today’s signing? You’re such a coward. And you show how weak you truly are, with all these petty grudges you hold. Is it because he knows you’re a traitor who helped Russia attack America? That’s probably it.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 13, 2018 


How could @realDonaldTrump sign the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act and speak for 25 minutes without mentioning @SenJohnMcCain? He even left “McCain” out of the name of the bill he signed into law. Memory loss? Unhinged? Bad staff work?
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 13, 2018 

The decision not to mention McCain is not surprising as Trump has avoided mentioning the ailing senator at recent press events and rallies. It has been alleged that McCain played a pivotal role in the delivery of the Steele Dossier.

RED ALERT THREAD

With his health failing, it's important that authorities get testimony under oath from @SenJohnMcCain for his role in the Steele dossier…

Let's go over why it's important since the cover-up is underway....all backed by evidence, of course.
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) August 11, 2018 

A McCain nay vote also led to the failure of GOP Obamacare repeal efforts.

.@realDonaldTrump just mocked @SenJohnMcCain again while stumping for NY Rep. Claudia Tenney. Trump again alluded to McCain's role in tanking the GOP Obamacare repeal effort. This after @POTUS made no mention of the ailing senator while signing the #NDAA named in McCain's honor
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) August 13, 2018 

The visit to Fort Drum was followed up by a brief fundraising stop in Utica, NY where Trump attended a dinner for Republican house candidate Claudia Tenney. The visit to Utica drew the ire of local liberal politicos who were not impressed with the Trump appearance.

Trump is here in Utica today to fundraise for Claudia Tenney. I brought him a copy of my book on corruption, with an inscription. As the next Attorney General of NY, I will sue to stop his emoluments violations and force divestment as the Constitution requires

— Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) August 13, 2018 


Trump is here in Utica today to fundraise for Claudia Tenney. I brought him a copy of my book on corruption, with an inscription. As the next Attorney General of NY, I will sue to stop his emoluments violations and force divestment as the Constitution requires
— Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) August 13, 2018 

The brief stop in Utica by Trump was the first such visit by a sitting President since Harry Truman. The Utica-Rome area voted for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election. The President returns to Washington after a brief workation and visit to Upstate New York.

Jake Highwell / Writer

I am a political pundit and equal justice advocate with two decades of journalistic experience. Currently residing in the Democratic stronghold of Chicago and a recovering Obama voter, I strive to bring insight and commentary to the MAGA Nation.
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