Trump vetoes bill to end US involvement in Yemen civil war

Lester Mason
April 17, 2019

In his second veto since becoming President, Donald Trump vetoed on Tuesday night a Congressional resolution that would have ended the usa military role in Yemen.

Congress voted for the first time this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to stop USA involvement in a foreign conflict.

Donald Trump described the resolution as an unnecessary and risky attempt to weaken his constitutional authorities.

"First and foremost, 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".

The California Democrat said that he will continue to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen and will continue to push for ending America's support in the war through future bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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

Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the U.S. shouldn't be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the United States does not have "boots on the ground" and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally.

"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 said.

A senior administration official said that Trump was involved in drafting and editing the language of Tuesday's veto statement and that he had told senators for some time he was going to issue a veto.

The Senate voted 54-46 in favor for the resolution while the House of Representatives voted 247-175.

"This conflict must end, now".

Trump contended that since 2015, the United States has provided "limited support" to member countries of the Saudi-led coalition.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, responded Tuesday night that with his veto, Trump "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".

Kaine accused Trump of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

"Donald Trump's veto today is reckless and shameful", Stephen Miles, director of Win Without War, said in a statement. McCaul said it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution and predicted it could disrupt US security co-operation agreements with more than 100 countries.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians.

Trump's first veto, issued last month, was of a congressional resolution disapproving of his emergency declaration.

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