Trump vetoes bill to end USA support for Saudi-led Yemen war

War in Yemen AHMAD AL-BASHA AFPGetty Images

Tuesday's veto was the second of Trump's presidency.

"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", Trump wrote explaining why he issued the veto.

The California Democrat said that he will continue to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen and will continue to push for ending America's support in the war through future bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians. It has also pushed the country to the brink of starvation. "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".

The United Nations has estimated that 14 million Yemenis-half the country's population-are at risk of starvation as the Saudi bombing continues with the help of American-made weapons and aircraft.

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash reacted swiftly to Trump's veto.

He said that it would require a negotiated settlement and not Congressional action.

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Yemen's Huthi rebels on Wednesday slammed Trump's veto of the resolution as proof that Washington was behind the conflict.

Abdelsalam, who heads a rebel delegation involved in ongoing UN-led peace talks, held the United States responsible for "massacres, crimes and the unjust siege of Yemen".

The president said US forces are not engaged in hostilities "in or affecting Yemen" apart from counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and the Islamic State.

In a statement Tuesday night, Pelosi called on Trump to "put peace before politics".

"The people of Yemen and the parties to the conflict are watching closely and the messages US leaders send have the power to save lives". While there were a number of courageous Republicans in the House and the Senate who have worked with Sanders, Khanna, Pocan, and longtime advocates for restoration of this essential check and balance on the executive branch such as Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the votes on the Yemen measure generally split along party lines in both chambers. Bernie Sanders, who led the effort to pass the resolution in the Senate, said via Twitter he was disappointed but not surprised by the veto, adding, "The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs".

By vetoing the bill dubbed the War Powers Act, Trump again "proves he's the servant of Saudi Arabia - the theocratic dictatorship spending billions spreading the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam around the world, supporting al-Qaeda & other jihadists, and waging genocidal war in Yemen with U.S. help", Gabbard said in an emotional tweet.

Critics of the intervention warn that Saudi forces are likely using United States weapons to commit atrocities in the four-year war.

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