Trump vetoes bill to end USA involvement in Yemen civil war

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President Donald Trump issued the second veto of his presidency Tuesday to override legislation ending us military involvement in Yemen's civil war.

In a statement to the Senate on Tuesday, the Commander-in-chief called the resolution "an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken his constitutional authorities".

It is only the second time Mr Trump has used his presidential veto since he took office in 2017. Mr Trump called the conflict in Yemen "a "cheap" and low-cost way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia". 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.

2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders expressed a similar sentiment, writing: 'I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end US involvement in the horrific war in Yemen.

"With Trump's veto of Bernie Sanders' and my War Powers resolution, which passed with bipartisan support in Congress, he is risking the lives of millions of Yemeni civilians to starvation, deadly airstrikes, and the war crimes of the Saudi regime", Khanna wrote.

He also said the resolution would hurt efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the war, and prevent the spread of terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, and that it would "embolden Iran's malign activities in Yemen". In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.

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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. "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". "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".

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who helped lead the House effort to end USA military involvement in Yemen, denounced Trump's veto on Twitter.

Mr. Trump vetoed the measure Tuesday.

Kaine accused Trump of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. McCaul said it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution and predicted it could disrupt US security co-operation agreements with more than 100 countries.

The president issued his first veto of legislation out of Congress in March when they voted to block his declaration of a national emergency on the border.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians.

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