Trump Coming To Fort Drum To Sign National Defense Authorization

Trump Coming To Fort Drum To Sign National Defense Authorization Act

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The White House confirms that President Donald Trump plans to visit Fort Drum, where he will sign the National Defense Authorization Act into law.

Under the measure, members of the armed services will be getting a 2.6 percent salary increase, the biggest pay hike in six years.

The visit is planned for next Monday.

The president is coming to the local post at the invitation of north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who sent a letter to the president in March saying the nation appreciates his support members of the Armed Services and their families.

Stefanik issued the following statement Tuesday:

“I am honored that President Trump has accepted my invitation to visit Fort Drum and the brave men and women of the 10th Mountain Division on Monday,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am honored that the President will sign the historic National Defense Authorization Act in our district at Fort Drum. I am proud of the partnership with this Administration to begin rebuilding our military and the President’s visit is an important opportunity to highlight this achievement and to thank our men and women in uniform for their service. I look forward to welcoming President Trump to Fort Drum and continuing to work to ensure our troops have the resources they need to keep us safe.”

This will be Trump's second visit to the north country and his first as president.

In April 2016, he made a campaign stop at the Watertown International Airport.

Trump will be the 4th sitting president to visit the installation.

Former President Bill Clinton was the first, followed in turn by President George W. Bush, and President Barrack Obama.

The head of Advocate Drum, says it's a chance to showcase the division.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to showcase the army's best division. It's no secret that the 10th Mountain Division is the most deployed division since September 11, 2001," said Fritz Keel, executive director of Advocate Drum. 

President Trump will also make a stop in Utica after visiting Fort Drum. According to Carl Paladino, the head of Trump's New York campaign, he'll be there campaigning for Representative Claudia Tenney's re-election.

Next week's visit was first reported in former Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham's blog.

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