Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2019

An global charity says President Donald Trump's veto of a congressional resolution to end usa military assistance for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen "will only mean more suffering and death".

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

He stated continued involvement was also necessary to 'protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries'.

He also said the resolution would hurt efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the war, and prevent the spread of terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, and that it would "embolden Iran's malign activities in Yemen".

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. With the resolution, members of Congress were acting on their concerns about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, fueled a major cholera outbreak and driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation. Mr Trump called the conflict in Yemen "a "cheap" and low-priced way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia". The Senate vote last month was 54-46.

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

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.

The four-year-long civil war in Yemen, which pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of starvation.

After the Senate passed the resolution last month, the White House argued it was flawed and would undermine the fight against extremism. 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. 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.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians. "It sets back the hopes for respite for the Yemeni people, and leaves the US upholding a failed strategy".

Trump issued his first veto last month on legislation related to immigration.

Trump used his first veto in March to shut down a bipartisan resolution condemning his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall.

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