Donald Trump vetoes resolution to end United States involvement in Yemen war

17 Avril, 2019, 13:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Trump just issued the second veto of his presidency to block Congress

'From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity, ' California Congressman Ro Khanna said in a statement.

Mr Trump described the resolution as an "unnecessary" and "dangerous" attempt to weaken his constitutional powers.

Yemen's civil war pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

Trump's first veto, issued last month, was of a congressional resolution disapproving of his emergency declaration.

The veto - the second in Mr Trump's presidency - was expected, and Congress lacks the votes to override it.

Several supporters made clear their votes were also aimed at expressing their frustrations with Trump's continued support for Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been implicated in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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. "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".

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He also claimed that United States support was needed 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", referring to the Iran-aligned forces in the country. The resolution had invoked the War Powers Act to distance the United States from the conflict in Yemen, which began in 2014.

The Senate voted 54-46 in favor for the resolution while the House of Representatives voted 247-175.

The conflict 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. "Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis".

"This conflict must end, now".

The only other veto Trump has issued was his veto of a resolution of disapproval for his emergency declaration to build barriers along the USA border with Mexico. The House has voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration's support for the Saudi-led military campaign.

David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid group, said: "This veto by President Trump is morally wrong and strategically wrongheaded".

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

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