Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end USA involvement in Yemen war

Trump vetoes bill to end US military support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war
Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 13:36

President Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday.

President Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution that would have ended USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

It was just the second veto of Trump's presidency and Congress lacks the votes to override him.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and fearless service members, both today and in the future", Trump said in the veto message.

The measure had passed the House on a 247-to-175 vote this month and was approved by the Senate last month with the support of seven Republicans. The bill would have invoked the War Powers Resolution to pull US assistance to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting against Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen.

Sen. Sanders has led the charge on the Yemen resolution and might make this a larger fixture of his 2020 presidential campaign, now that the president vetoed the resolution.

Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to end USA military assistance to the war, saying the humanitarian crisis in Yemen triggered "demands moral leadership". The United Nations has warned that 12 to 13 million people could suffer from the growing starvation if the war continues.

In a statement Tuesday night, Pelosi called on Trump to "put peace before politics".

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"It should come as a surprise to nobody", the official said.

The CIA has concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, ordered Khashoggi's killing.

Trump used his first veto in March to shut down a bipartisan resolution condemning his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall. But passing the never-before-used war powers resolution was viewed as a milestone for lawmakers, who have shown a renewed willingness to assert their war-making authority after letting it atrophy for decades under presidents from both parties.

"President Trump's assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a positive signal", Gargash said on Twitter.

As I said in my State of the Union address in February, great nations do not fight endless wars.

He stated continued involvement was also necessary to 'protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries'. He also claimed that the attempt by congress would endanger the lives of U-S citizens and troops.

Some 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen over the past four years, according to the World Health Organisation, although rights groups say the toll could be five times higher.

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