Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

US President Donald Trump issued a veto on Tuesday to kill a resolution approved by both houses of Congress which sought to end US military assistance for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders expressed a similar sentiment, writing: 'I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end US involvement in the horrific war in Yemen.

But Trump vetoed the measure on Wednesday with the Congress lacking the votes to override him. While there were a number of courageous Republicans in the House and the Senate who have worked with Sanders, Khanna, Pocan, and longtime advocates for restoration of this essential check and balance on the executive branch such as Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the votes on the Yemen measure generally split along party lines in both chambers. Trump continues to want to keep strong ties with Saudi Arabia and does not share the view of Congress that the kingdom needs to be punished for the killing of Khashoggi, aides said. Trump vetoed that resolution last month. What grand strategic considerations have persuaded the leader of the free world that the total destruction of the Houthi rebels is a core security interest of the United States?

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out.

The fighting in the Arab world's poorest country has left millions suffering from shortages of food and medical care and has pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

Trump argued that U.S. support for the bloody war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels was necessary for a variety of reasons, "first and foremost" to "protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries".

Trump's veto was immediately praised by Anwar Gargash, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key Saudi ally in the years-long assault on Yemen.

This is by no means the first time Gabbard has attacked Trump over Saudi Arabia.

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. Despite this setback, we will bring this conflict to an end".

The president said USA 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.

Pocan and Khanna are right, as Khanna says, to feel a sense of #YemenCantWait urgency about the need push back against a president who is "risking the lives of millions of Yemeni civilians to starvation, deadly airstrikes, and the war crimes of the Saudi regime".

The only other veto Trump has issued was his veto of a resolution of disapproval for his emergency declaration to build barriers along the United States border with Mexico. 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.

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