Trump vetoes measure to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 17, 2019

President Trump has vetoed a bill that would have ended military assistance to Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen despite bipartisan backing for the plan.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and courageous service members, both today and in the future", Mr Trump said in the veto message.

The veto is the second of Trump's presidency.

The bill passed the House 247-175.

Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the U.S. shouldn't be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the United States does not have "boots on the ground" and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally. Intelligence agencies said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing.

A senior administration official said that Trump was involved in drafting and editing the language of Tuesday's veto statement and that he had told senators for some time he was going to issue a veto.

"[The resolution] is one way for the president to make good on his view to get out of these endless wars", Khanna said. Congress lacks the votes to override him. The Senate vote last month was 54-46.

"This conflict must end, now. 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".

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that the veto was "part of an alarming pattern of Trump turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's actions that fly in the face of American values" and accused the administration of "deference to Saudi Arabia at the expense of American security interests". 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.

Since less than two-thirds of either chamber voted to approve the resolution in the first place, there's little chance that the veto could be overturned.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians. Trump had declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall.

The president has grown frustrated with Congress for some of its votes that seemed created to admonish him, such as the decision to remove sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska - who has ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort - and the pushback against Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his long-promised U.S. -Mexico border wall.

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