President Trump Signs FY18 National Defense Authorization Act…

Earlier today President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence participate in a White House signing for HR2810 the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018.  This spending authorization represents the first time the defense budget has increased in many years.

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[Transcript] 12:03 P.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Vice President, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, senior military leaders, and distinguished guests, thank you all for being here as we prepare to sign something that is extremely important: the National Defense Authorization Act. We’re signing it into law.

This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform — the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. And we’re making it a lot better than even that.

Before we begin, I want to address the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in New York City, and to praise the first responders, local police, and federal law enforcement for their quick action. They did an incredible job.

There have now been two terrorist attacks in New York City in recent weeks carried out by foreign nationals, here on green cards. The first attacker came through the visa lottery and the second through chain migration. We’re going to end both of them. The lottery system and chain migration — we’re going to end them fast.

Congress must get involved immediately, and they are involved immediately, and I can tell you we have tremendous support. They will be ended.

These attacks underscore the dangers we face from around the globe. The National Defense Authorization Act could not come at a more opportune or important time. This legislation represents a momentous step toward rebuilding our military and securing the future for our children. I applaud the work of the members of both parties who came together to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support — something that sounds very nice to my ears.

I especially want to thank Chairman Thornberry, who is here with us today, for his tireless efforts. Fantastic job.

In recent years, our military has undergone a series of deep budget cuts that have severely impacted our readiness, shrunk our capabilities, and placed substantial burdens on our warfighters. And great warfighters they are.

History teaches us that when you weaken your defenses, you invite aggression. The best way to prevent conflict or be — of any kind — is to be prepared, and really be prepared. Only when the good are strong will peace prevail.

Today, with the signing of this defense bill, we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might. I also want to thank Senator John McCain for the work he’s done on this bill. He has fought very, very hard to make it just the way he wants it and that we all want it.

This legislation will enhance our readiness, expand our modernized — and modernize our forces, and help provide our service-members with the tools that they need to fight and to win. We will fight and win. But hopefully, with this, we won’t have to fight because people will not be wanting to fight with us.

It authorizes funding for our continued campaign to obliterate ISIS. As you know, we’ve won in Syria, we’ve won in Iraq. But they spread to other areas and we’re getting them as fast as they spread.

We’ve had more success with ISIS in the last eight months than the entire previous administration has had during its entire term.

It approves missile defense capabilities as we continue our campaign to create maximum pressure on the vile dictatorship in North Korea. We’re working very diligently on that — building up forces. We’ll see how it all turns out. It’s a very bad situation — a situation that should have been handled long ago by other administrations.

It upgrades our Ground Combat Vehicles, allows for the purchase of new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, and paves the way for beautiful new Virginia-class submarines — the finest in the world.

Finally, the defense bill authorizes major investments in our military’s greatest weapon of all: its warriors. The NDAA increases the size of the American Armed Forces for the first time in seven years, and it provides our military service members with their largest pay increase in eight years.

Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill. I think it’s going to happen. We need our military. It’s got to be perfecto.

At this time of grave global threats, I urge Democrats in Congress to drop their shutdown threats and descend clean funding and a clean funding bill to my desk that fully funds our great military. Protecting our country should always be a bipartisan issue, just like today’s legislation.

We must work across party lines to give our heroic troops the equipment, resources, and support that they have earned a thousand times over. Together, we will send a clear message to our allies and a firm warning to our enemies and adversaries: America is strong, proud, determined, and ready. And I might add, when we’re completed — and it won’t be that long — we will be stronger than ever before — by a lot.

So thank you to all of our friends in Congress. And we do appreciate the bipartisan support, and we appreciate your hard work on this historic defense authorization.

And thank you, most of all, to our brave warriors for standing watch over our country, our families, and our freedom. Brand-new, beautiful equipment is on its way — the best you’ve ever had by far. We make the best in the world, and you’re going to have it.

God bless you, God bless our military, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.

I won’t be showing all of this to everybody, believe it or not. That’s a lot of pages. That is a lot of pages.

(The bill is signed.) (Applause.)

[Transcript Link]

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71 Responses to President Trump Signs FY18 National Defense Authorization Act…

  1. Luke of the D says:

    I am all for military readiness… but isn’t the NDAA the great “spy on all Americans” acts passed under Bush II and utilized by the Empty Chair to spy on us all?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Kerry Gimbel says:

    Another promise kept. But the reporters don’t care about our military being helped. They are more interested in Trumps tweet about the Dem politician

    Liked by 2 people

  3. POP says:

    Did Mattis approve or originate or turn a blind eye to the Pentagon’s outright insubordination on “transexuals” and their baggage in the military?
    PTrump said ‘No”.
    A direct order is needed and some instant dismissals of Generals who think they are governing the USA. Their attention needs to be got.

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  4. Tom says:

    I have to say I’m very lukewarm about this. I’d rather Trump shut down about 14 out of the 17 so-called “intelligence” agencies, slim down the administrative bloat at the Pentagon, and used the billions and billions saved from all that to beef up weapons systems, give pay raises etc.

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  5. Abbott Rock Monastery says:

    The reporter at the end… “Mr. President, what did you mean when you said Kirsten Gillibrand would do anything for a campaign contribution?” LOL Too funny (the tweet that is that prompted the question).

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  6. CiscoKid says:

    From Trump News 24/7 on Twitter.
    LOL. “Jim Acosta disrupted the President Trump’s signing of the Defense Bill by yelling questions about discredited sexual accusers and Sarah Sanders yanked him out of the room and said: “If you ever pull a stunt like that again I will permanently bar you from The White House.”
    Hope it’s true because I know Sarah means it.

    Liked by 15 people

    • Pam says:

      I hope so too. That foolishness needs to stop ASAP!

      Liked by 6 people

    • nimrodman says:

      Well … people over on the Sarah Sanders White House Press Briefing thread were wondering in their comments “where’s Jim Acosta today”? Maybe he did get banned or at least too tail-between-legs to show up.

      Let’s hope we see that reported in other press as verification.

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    • churchmouse says:

      Three links. Omit * when copying and pasting —

      1/ Michael Delauzon’s (Trump News 24/7) tweet:

      *https://twitter.com/MichaelDelauzon/status/940634329209696256

      2/ Acosta’s tweet seems to be the source for Michael Delauzon’s:

      3/ Hot Air says Acosta unlikely to be banned:

      *https://hotair.com/archives/2017/12/12/jim-acosta-sarah-sanders-threatened-ban-wh-photo-ops-asked-trump-question-anyway/

      ‘Jim knows how to play the cable-news game.

      ‘And because of that, he’ll never be barred from any White House photo ops. He craves media martyrdom at Trump’s hands and Sanders must know it. Banning him for asking Trump a question would be tantamount to throwing him into the briar patch, giving him that much more time to go on CNN every afternoon and shake his head sadly at What America Has Come To because he’s no longer allowed to posture at big presidential events.’

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  7. Pam says:

    POTUS is still keeping his promises regardless whether congress keeps theirs.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. fleporeblog says:

    What our President has done for the military over the past 11 months is absolutely breathtaking. I truly believe that he loves every current and past military personnel like he loves his own sons and daughters. Think about all the legislation that was passed this year for Veterans. He was able to sign legislation that allows VA employees to be fired for the mistreatment of our Veterans. He was able to allow Veteran files to be electronically shared with outside doctors. A wait time website for Veterans. Additional funding for Veterans Choice. The ability for our military to make life and death decisions on the ground. ROA allow us to take the fight to the enemy. The destruction of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Personal heartfelt phone calls to spouses that have lost a love one. I could go on an on but the 8 percent raise was so Awesome two weeks before Christmas!

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  9. grandmotherpatriot says:

    Well done President Trump.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I want our military well equipped and very, very strong. But I think the DOD budget has been an untouchable black hole where money is shovelled in without any apparent care as to HOW it is being spent, where it is being used, whether funds are used effectively. Are our contracts being monitored to ensure we are getting what we pay for? Somehow, I doubt it.

      I think this is a positive step. For now, we appropriate more funds. Good. But let’s be sensible and examine our budgeting and expenditures and make sure we are spending our money wisely and effectively.

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      • Brett says:

        Welfare ‘benefits’ are an untouchable black hole that dwarf the military budget.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Sylvia Avery says:

          If I were in charge, I doubt I would even bother with an audit regarding welfare benefits unless it was the Food Stamp Program/SNAP.

          What I WOULD do is undo whatever hoodoo BO did, I think executive orders but am not certain of that, that relaxed the Welfare Reform of the 90s to the point that it no longer exists.

          Welfare Reform worked and drastically reduced the roles and moved people into employment.

          We need to do it again.

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      • Orygun says:

        When you look at all the other departments he has gone into and started cleaning up it won’t be too long before he has someone start in on the DOD. For all I know it could be happening as we speak.

        You can’t support a strong military if you are willing to let it be run by corrupt people which I believe has been going on for a long time. General Kelly strikes me as somebody that would be more than willing to clean up the DOD.

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      • WSB says:

        Maybe that is why PT has been saying that things will be even better.

        Once the audit, truthfully carried out, is completed, there can be shifting for bigger price-tag efforts and away from wasteful ones.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Bruce Fauth says:

        Defense Contract Audit Agency is supposed to ensure that money spent with who contract with DOD do so in accordance with the terms of the contracts. That doesn’t mean that some of the authorized expenditures in the contracts are not, in and of themselves. wasteful.

        As the great management guru Peter Drucker once said (If I remember correctly), “Doesn’t matter how efficient you do something if it doesn’t need to be done at all.” Same applies to spending money. We get a good price, but on something we don’t even need. And that goes with actions at every part of gov’t. Many of those guys work hard. But are they doing something that actually has to be done?

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          Defense Contract Audit Agency. I had no idea it existed and I am somewhat comforted by that. Just knowing there is some sort of effort made at monitoring our contracts is good news to me indeed.

          Your larger point is well taken that it doesn’t matter how efficiently something is done or how good a price we get if we don’t actually need whatever the item or service is.

          My hope is “the audit” will take a look at these issues and if there are problems identify them so we can fix them.

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      • Britt says:

        Well said. Thanks

        Liked by 1 person

    • duchess01 says:

      Fraud, Waste, and Abuse – audits turn up all kinds of hidden agendas – no telling what they will find – maybe, more money – but, defineitely things they don’t want them to find –

      “It’s a good thing!” WBS – Don’t worry; be grateful! I am – I have bee waiting a long time for this audit – and the future ‘Audit of the Fed’, too! 🙂

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      • WSB says:

        $21 Trillion!

        Liked by 1 person

        • duchess01 says:

          Most of it – YES! Those undocumented expenses have to be in some foreign bank account somewhere – $2.5 T here – $6.5 T there – I am certain they will find the ‘missing trillions’ – there are many skeletons in their closets – I wish I could be a fly on the wall during that audit!

          What bugs me the most is what they did to our military – substandard equipment, munitions, protective wear, airplanes, tanks, and pay – not to mention ‘rules of engagement’ that cost many lives unnecessarily – all of it makes me cranky!

          But – God is Good – and He has answered many prayers since President Trump took office!

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  10. Sayit2016 says:

    Promise Kept….; )

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Sylvia Avery says:

    “It’s got to be perfecto.” So says PDJT. I just love him!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Greenmirror says:

    Trump taking away the power of HRC CGI CF Mercenary Armies! Sovereign Nations for everyone!

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  13. Pam says:

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  14. alliwantissometruth says:

    Good news

    Now, let’s get going & sign another Act…

    The “BFW Act”
    (build the f***ing wall act)

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Chuck says:

    Jim Marine, Nice to see you fixed that stuck caps lock key…….

    Liked by 1 person

  16. dobbsfan says:

    Yes Mr. President…….Perfecto!

    Love it

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Vince says:

    Funny how a spending increase has no drama getting it passed.

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