Trump vetoes bill to end USA involvement in Yemen civil war

Trump vetoes bill to end US military support for Saudi-led war in Yemen

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".

"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", Mr Trump said in the veto message.

It is only the second time Mr Trump has used his presidential veto since he took office in 2017.

The resolution, which passed the US House of Representatives earlier this month and the Senate in March, was a historic milestone, as it was the first time in history that a measure invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution reached the president's desk. "In addition, the conflict in Yemen represents a "cheap" and low-priced way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia". All the while, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been implicated in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a USA resident and journalist critical of the regime.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - the country's most senior Democratic politician - took aim at Trump's veto in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

"[The resolution] is one way for the president to make good on his view to get out of these endless wars", Khanna said. Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the kingdom.

Yemen's civil war pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats. "Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis", Pelosi said.

"We can not end the conflict in Yemen through political documents like S.J. Res. 7", Mr. Trump said.

Kaine accused Trump of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. McCaul said it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution and predicted it could disrupt USA security cooperation agreements with more than 100 countries.

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

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash reacted swiftly to Trump's veto.

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. Vetoing the measure is an "effective green light for the war strategy that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis to continue", said International Rescue Committee president and CEO David Miliband.

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