Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers Resolution, his 2nd since taking office

Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers Resolution, his 2nd since taking office

President Donald Trump signed the second veto of his presidency Tuesday, overturning a congressional resolution to end usa support for the war in Yemen.

President Donald Trump decided late Tuesday to continue America's complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis by vetoing the historic Yemen War Powers resolution.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and courageous service members, both today and in the future", Trump wrote to the Senate Thursday.

In his statement announcing the veto, Trump defended the US involvement, arguing that "it is our duty to protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries that have been subject to Houthi attacks from Yemen".

He also said the resolution would hurt efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the war, and prevent the spread of terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, and that it would "embolden Iran's malign activities in Yemen".

Many legislators also criticised the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of a Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the kingdom. Members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began.

The fighting in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, has left millions suffering from food shortages and medical care shortages.

"With Trump's veto of Bernie Sanders' and my War Powers resolution, which passed with bipartisan support in Congress, he is risking the lives of millions of Yemeni civilians to starvation, deadly airstrikes, and the war crimes of the Saudi regime", Khanna wrote. "In addition, the conflict in Yemen represents a "cheap" and low-cost way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia".

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House approval of the resolution came earlier this month on a 247-175 vote. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.

In his statement, however, Mr Trump stressed the need for "peace in Yemen".

"This conflict must end, now".

The U.S. has provided intelligence and logistical support to the Saudis since 2015.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of starvation.

Kaine accused Mr. Trump of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. The Trump administration had already pledged to end the refueling runs.

Trump issued his first veto last month on legislation related to immigration.

Just last month he overrode a congressional resolution that aimed to reverse the national emergency he declared in order to obtain funding for wall at the Mexican border.

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