Trump vetoes measure to end USA involvement in Yemen war

A doctor checks a sick girl receiving treatment at al Sabeen hospital in Sana'a Yemen

President Trump blasted the resolution, arguing: "This resolution is an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and fearless service members, both today and in the future". This resolution is an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and fearless service members, both today and in the future.

The president said that the measure would harm bilateral relations and interfere with his constitutional power as commander-in-chief. But passing the never-before-used War Powers Resolution was viewed as a milestone for lawmakers.

In a tweet, Houthi spokesman Mohamed Abdul-Salam asserted that Trump's veto "serves to implicate the U.S.in all the massacres, crimes and unjust sieges that Yemen continues to suffer from".

Democrats argue that U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict, which includes intelligence-sharing, logistical support and now-discontinued aerial refuelling, is unconstitutional without congressional authority.

Trump said the measure was unnecessary because except for counterterrorism operations against Daesh (ISIS) militants and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States was not engaged in hostilities in or affecting Yemen. 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.

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

Trump argued that USA support for the bloody war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-aligned Houthi 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".

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Critics of the Yemen war warn Saudi forces are likely using United States weapons to commit atrocities.

Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made no mention of a veto override in her statement Tuesday night, in which she called for Trump to "put peace before politics". Peace in Yemen requires a negotiated settlement.

Air raids by the Saudi-UAE coalition have hit civilians, hospitals and water treatment facilities.

We are providing this support for many reasons.

He said the U.S.is providing the support to protect the safety of more than 80,000 Americans who live in certain areas of the coalition countries subject to Houthi attacks from Yemen.

However, Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (MBS) have strong ties with the Trump administration and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Trump urged Congress to focus efforts on helping the administration in ending USA involvement in Syria and Afghanistan.

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