President Trump has signed a bill into law - as part of the broader Defense Authorization Act - banning U.S. Government agencies from using tech designed or manufactured by a number of Chinese firms, including Huawei and ZTE.
"I want to say, very strongly, there is no better place than right here at Fort Drum to celebrate its passage", the president said.
McCain responded but did not mention Trump, instead tweeting he was "proud" of the bill and "humbled" that it had been named for him.
"For the new authorization, we will increase the size and strength of our military by adding thousands of new recruits to active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including 4,000 new active duty soldiers", Trump said. "We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before and that's what we did".
And under a section describing the Sense of Senate on USA military forces on the Korean Peninsula, .it says their "significant removal" is "a non-negotiable item as it relates to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea.
The president said the defense policy measure signals that the U.S.is "on the move once again and we are not backing down".
Under the new law, $616.9 billion is authorized for the base Pentagon budget in fiscal 2019, which starts October 1.
"This year's NDAA represents an important opportunity to implement an effective approach to confront a growing array of threats", McCain said, adding that the administration's National Defense Strategy "outlined a framework for identifying and prioritizing these threats", with an emphasis on building readiness to deter China and Russian Federation. As Chairman of the Armed Services Cmte, I've found high goal in service of a cause greater than self-the cause of our troops who defend America & all that she stands for. The H.R. 5515 bill was named after the longtime Arizona senator and chair of the Senate Armed Service Committee.
Trump said the bill "is the most significant investment in our military and our war-fighters in modern history".
"That didn't stop, and here I am", Trump said before calling Stefanik up on stage.