August 14, 2018 14:00 IST

President Donald Trump signs $716 billion defence policy bill

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Donald Trump signs $716 billion defence policy bill United States President Donald Trump has signed a US$716 billion defence policy bill that authorises tougher regulations on foreign investments in the country. Taking to his official Twitter account, Trump expressed his honour to sign the new Defence Bill and also paid his tribute to the US army. "It was my great honour to sign our new Defence Bill into law and to pay tribute to the greatest soldiers in the history of the world: THE U.S. ARMY. The National Defence Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our Military and our warfighters in modern history!," the US President tweeted. The bill was signed at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in New York following a 12-day vacation and is named after one of his political critics and senator from Arizona, John McCain. However, Trump paid no heed to the ailing senator as he simply termed the bill the "National Defence Authorization Act" at Fort Drum. Credit: Reuters
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Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he poses with soldiers U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he poses with soldiers and U.S. Army Major General Walter “Walt” Piatt, the Commanding General of the Army's 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, after observing a demonstration with troops, artillery and helicopters at Fort Drum, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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President Donald Trump talks with U.S. Army Major General Walter “Walt” Piatt U.S. President Donald Trump talks with U.S. Army Major General Walter “Walt” Piatt, the Commanding General of the Army's 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum as the president observes a demonstration with U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division troops and helicopters at Fort Drum, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Soldier salutes U.S. President Donald Trump A soldier from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division salutes U.S. President Donald Trump during the president's visit to Fort Drum, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Donald Trump salutes a U.S. Army soldier U.S. President Donald Trump salutes a U.S. Army soldier as he observes a military demonstration with U.S. Army Major General Walter “Walt” Piatt, the Commanding General of the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. Credit: Reuters