Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Trump visits Fort Drum

President Trump visits Fort Drum

State Senators Patricia Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, as well as Jefferson County Legislature Chairman Scott Gray and other members of the Legislature were seen around noon at a reception on Fort Drum for various North Country elected officials at the air base ahead of the president's arrival.

President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a $717 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes a wave of significant military increases, including servicemembers' biggest pay boost in almost a decade, higher troop levels and new equipment and weapons for the upcoming fiscal year.

"It is my great honor and privilege to represent the people of Arizona, especially the fearless men and women who answer our nation's call to serve", he said in the statement.

Trump's fundraising events are usually closed to reporters, but this time White House staff allowed the small group of journalists traveling with the president inside, giving Trump a broader platform for his remarks.

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Earlier Trump tweeted that he was "looking forward" to talking to America's "great heroes" and signing H.R. 515, the "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019".

Trump, a NY native, spent much of the event attacking his home-state governor as well as Democratic Sen.

In a statement marking the signing, McCain never mentioned Trump, with whom he has clashed on a range of issues from health care to the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to the roughly 800 military personnel and families who gathered for the bill signing ceremony at Wheeler-Sack Airfield, President Trump called Stefanik "an incredible representative" and said she was the driving force behind his trip.

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The president did single out Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., for praise. But he did take one swipe at the media when he pointed out reporters covering his speech.

"I'm so proud of myself", Trump said.

Trump received a 21-gun salute as a military band played Hail to the Chief on the tarmac at Fort Drum's Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.

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Pence's schedule does not include a trip to Utica later this afternoon, where Trump plans to attend a fundraiser for Representative Claudia Tenney.

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