US Government Agencies Can't Buy Huawei or ZTE Products Anymore

John McCain, who has been a frequent critic of the commander in chief. And our pilots are now conducting their training flights [in Luke Air Force Base in Arizona].

President Donald Trump signed into law a military funding bill that is named after Sen.

The 2019 NDAA bill bans USA federal agencies from using anything from Huawei or ZTE that is a "substantial or essential component of any system", as well as any technology that is used to route or view user data.

Stefanik, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, invited Trump in March to visit Fort Drum.

That led National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner of Colorado to ask the president to endorse McSally, which he didn't quite do on stage during the official event in upstate NY. The bill will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, the biggest hike in nine years. "I would've gotten rid of everything, but as you know, one of our wonderful senators said "thumbs down" at 2 o'clock in the morning", he added, referring to McCain's rejection of one of the Senate's ObamaCare repeal plans previous year.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One Monday Aug. 13 2018 in Washington. (AP
President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One Monday Aug. 13 2018 in Washington. (AP

Besides setting policy and spending levels, the bill weakens a bid to clamp down on Chinese telecom company ZTE.

Trump said that with the cooperation of Congress, the passage of this bill will increase the military's authorized active-duty end strength by more than 15,000, and it provides new authorities to rebuild the military's arsenal.

Some commentators have been critical of the bill for lifting an earlier ban on China's telecommunications company ZTE after the company allegedly shipped products to Iran and North Korea illegally.

So while ZTE will no longer be allowed to sell gear to the USA government, ZTE officials are likely breathing a sigh of relief, since the Senate bill could have put ZTE out of business altogether.

That requires a "whole-of-government" strategy, incorporating diplomatic, economic, intelligence, law enforcement and military elements, to protect and strengthen national security, the defence act states. An AP investigation documented broad failures of justice when military kids report incidents. Schools and the armed services also must start tracking incidents - AP identified almost 700 over 10 years, but that was a certain undercount. He has not been in Washington since December. "I like people who weren't captured".

  • Rogelio Becker