Trump signs defense budget with $250 million in security assistance to Ukraine

Elias Hubbard
August 16, 2018

On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed into law a policy bill, putting on hold a planned delivery of F-35 jets to Ankara thus ratcheting up tensions with Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the Turkish daily Hurriyet and U.S. news magazine Foreign Policy reported.

Other raskritikoval trump the provisions of the act against Russian Federation, contain the requirement for the administration of the American President to report on the steps taken in response to the violation of the agreement on Open skies and to provide reports on a new agreement on nuclear weapons START.

"Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee has been an incredibly meaningful experience since my first days on Capitol Hill", McCain said in a press release when the bill was passed earlier this month.

However, Trump touted the $716 billion bill as "the most significant investment in our military in our warfighters in modern history".

In response to the bill, Huawei said in a statement to Reuters, "Huawei supports the United States government's goals for better security, but this random addition to the NDAA is ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional".

It also strengthens screenings of foreign investors who want to buy USA businesses. The Act bans USA government agencies from using products of major Chinese communication equipment manufacturers, including ZTE, to prevent leaks of confidential information. That measure was seen as targeting China.

"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 we'll never have to use them", Trump said.

It includes an amendment prohibiting sales to Turkey of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets until the Pentagon issues a report on Turkish-American relations in 90 days.

The $717 billion act includes several sections on China, some of which violate the One-China policy, a ministry spokesperson said.

"The US side should objectively and fairly treat Chinese investors, and avoid CFIUS becoming an obstacle to investment cooperation between Chinese and US firms", it said in a short statement.

While past USA defense reports have portrayed China as a competitor, this is the first time for the U.S. to explicitly state "long-term strategic competition with China" as its "principal priority", said Senior Colonel Zhao Xiaozhuo, director of the Secretariat's Office of the Xiangshan Forum, an annual security conference in Beijing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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