Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war
17 April, 2019, 13:35
The resolution was a harsh bipartisan rebuke to Trump that took the historic step of curtailing a president's war-making powers - a step he condemned in a statement announcing his veto.
"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", Mr. Trump wrote in explaining his veto.
The veto is the second of Trump's presidency.
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. "In addition, the conflict in Yemen represents a "cheap" and affordable way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia".
Mr Trump described the resolution as an "unnecessary" and "dangerous" attempt to weaken his constitutional powers.
"[The resolution] is one way for the president to make good on his view to get out of these endless wars", Khanna said.
Mr. Kaine also accused Trump of ignoring other Saudi human-rights violations such as the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and the jailing of feminist activists.
These countries "have been subject to Huthi attacks from Yemen", he said, referring to drone and missile strikes the Saudi-led coalition has either claimed were intercepted or denied altogether. The Senate vote last month was 54-46.
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"The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced Trump's veto, saying it would serve to "perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis".
Pelosi added: "This conflict must end, now".
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, said that Mr. Trump's veto "shows the world he is determined to keep aiding a Saudi-backed war that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions more to the brink of starvation". The House has voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration's support for the Saudi-led military campaign.
Critics of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen say the situation in the country is only getting worse.
The U.S. has provided intelligence and logistical support to the Saudis since 2015.
Since less than two-thirds of either chamber voted to approve the resolution in the first place, there's little chance that the veto could be overturned. Trump had declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall.
President Trump first used his veto last month after Congress voted to block his declaration of a national emergency on the U.S. southern border in order to secure funding for his border wall.
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