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Cain speaks during a hearing in Washington D.C. Nov. 30 2017

McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 at Fort Drum, New York, on Monday.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed into law a policy bill, putting on hold a planned delivery of F-35 jets to Ankara thus ratcheting up tensions with Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the Turkish daily Hurriyet and United States news magazine Foreign Policy reported.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to join Trump for the event at this northern NY military base, which is home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

"Every day the Army is fighting for us, and now we are fighting for you 100 percent", Trump told about 500 soldiers gathered in a hangar at Fort Drum.

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National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bars F-35 deliveries to Turkey until the Pentagon delivers a report within 90 days to the appropriate congressional defence committees.

Trump thanked several lawmakers during his speech, but he did not mention McCain, a former US Navy pilot and a prisoner-of-war.

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The bill also authorizes billions of dollars for military construction, including family housing.

Trump later made a reference to McCain at a political fundraiser in Utica, New York, knocking him - as Trump does repeatedly - for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obamas signature healthcare reform law past year. The NDAA also allows $7.6 billion for 77 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Meanwhile, the White House said in a statement on Monday that national security adviser John Bolton has met Serdar Kilic, Turkey's ambassador to the USA, at the request of the ambassador.

"It's not enough to have American presence in space".

The White House said the NDAA helps to develop "a more lethal and resilient force", and will increase the size of US forces by authorizing 15,600 more troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

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Prior to the ceremony Trump watched an air assault demonstration by USA troops at Fort Drum.

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