Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

The veto means the United States will continue its involvement in Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels, waged in the name of holding back Iran's expansion in the region.

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 US has provided billions of dollars of weapons and intelligence to the coalition.

Trump was expected to issue the veto as the resolution was seen as a rebuke of Trump's Middle East policies.

This is the second veto of Trump's presidency. The president has strongly backed Saudi Arabia, even after the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and after USA intelligence agencies determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder. 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. "Doing so would interfere with the President's constitutional authority as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and could endanger our service members by impairing their ability to efficiently and effectively conduct military engagements and to withdraw in an orderly manner at the appropriate time".

House approval of the resolution came earlier this month on a 247-175 vote. "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 resolution had invoked the War Powers Act to distance the United States from the conflict in Yemen, which began in 2014. The Senate vote last month was 54-46. Congress lacks the votes to override him. "The House of Representatives calls on the President to put peace before politics, and work with us to advance an enduring solution to end this crisis and save lives". "I hope my colleagues will show we won't tolerate the Trump administration's deference to Saudi Arabia at the expense of American security interests by voting to override this veto", Kaine said.

Sen. Sanders has led the charge on the Yemen resolution and might make this a larger fixture of his 2020 presidential campaign, now that the president vetoed the resolution.

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

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

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