Trump Vetoes Bill To Pull U.S. Troops From Yemen

President Trump just issued the second veto of his presidency to block Congress

Trump Issues Second Veto Of His Presidency

No matter where a member of either chamber, and of either party, may stand on the specific question of United States engagement with Saudi Arabia and the crisis in Yemen, Trump's veto represents a rejection by a sitting president of the will of bipartisan majorities in a Republican-controlled Senate and a Democratic-controlled House on a matter of war and peace.

Congressmember Ro Khanna, who brought the bill before the House, said in a statement, "The Yemen War Powers Resolution was a bipartisan, bicameral effort ... and supported by some of the president's most trusted Republican allies".

But with the Mr Trump's veto, the Congress now needs two thirds support to overcome that obstacle.

Congress will not have the votes to override him, reported NBC News.

At the same time, 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.

No one was surprised by the veto - had Trump wanted to comply with the resolution, he could have withdrawn support to Saudi Arabia at any time.

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(Hani Mohammed/AP) The site of an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, April 10, 2019. Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out.

U.S. senators have accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Mr Khashoggi, but Saudi prosecutors have insisted it was a "rogue operation" and that the agents were not acting on his orders.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians. "There are as many as 100 civilian casualties per week, and Yemenis are more likely to be killed at home than in any other structure".

Since 2015, the U.S. has provided the aerial refuelling of jets, reconnaissance, targeting and intelligence information to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in their campaign against the Houthi rebels who unseated the Saudi-backed government in Yemen.

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.

The UAE has hailed the veto, adding that the decision is both "timely and strategic".

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"None of this support has introduced United States military personnel into hostilities", Mr. Trump said.

"There are 22 million souls at risk of dying, of being killed".

"It is a humanitarian crisis".

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.

"The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs", tweeted Sen.

It identified hostilities "as including providing to the Saudi-led coalition aerial targeting assistance, intelligence sharing, and mid-flight aerial refueling", and calls for end of those by the United States military.

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