Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end US involvement in Yemen war

Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end US involvement in Yemen war

President Trump issued the second veto of his presidency Tuesday, blocking a congressional effort to end us support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians and sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

In a separate tweet, Khanna challenged Trump's claim in his veto message that the Yemen measure represented "an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken [his] constitutional authorities".

It is the second time that Mr Trump has used his veto power since entering the White House.

The resolution's approval in both the House of Representatives and the Senate had been seen as a historic milestone already, as it was the first time that a bill invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution reached the president's desk. This is the point at which Congress can begin to restore checks and balances on issues of war and peace, which should be a priority for Democrats and Republicans who swear an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same". Intelligence agencies said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing.

Since a Saudi-led coalition started the military offensive against Yemen in 2015, an estimated 60,000 Yemenis have died due to the conflict, and another 85,000 have succumbed to starvation and malnutrition.

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Tuesday night saying: "The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world".

But the resolution explicitly provided a carve-out for US military action against those two terror groups, who operate in Yemen in the shadows of the civil war that has pitted the Saudi coalition-backed government against Houthi rebels, who have become increasingly supported by Iran. Trump vetoed that resolution last month. "Despite this setback, we will bring this conflict to an end". "Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress & perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis".

The president said US forces are not engaged in hostilities "in or affecting Yemen" apart from counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and the Islamic State. My Administration is now accelerating negotiations to end our military engagement in Afghanistan and drawing down troops in Syria, where we recently succeeded in eliminating 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate.

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. "It sets back the hopes for respite for the Yemeni people, and leaves the US upholding a failed strategy". Trump had declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall.

Mr. Trump vetoed the measure on April 16.

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