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Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey

Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21, 2019

US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending.

Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others.

The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclude Turkey from the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program in retaliation against Ankara's acquisition of Russia's S-400 air defence system. The bill also claimed that the Trump administration should impose sanctions on Turkey over the S-400 purchase.

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