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Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end USA involvement in Yemen war

Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end USA involvement in Yemen war

President Trump delivered the second veto of his administration Tuesday as he vetoed S.J. Res. 7, which would call for the end of American support for Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

The president has grown frustrated with Congress for some of its votes that seemed created to admonish him, such as the decision to remove sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska - who has ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort - and the pushback against Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his long-promised U.S. -Mexico border wall.

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.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and courageous service members, both today and in the future", Trump said in a statement Tuesday. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News.

Sen. Sanders has led the charge on the Yemen resolution and might make this a larger fixture of his 2020 presidential campaign, now that the president vetoed the resolution.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Intelligence agencies said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing.

Vetoing the measure is an "effective green light for the war strategy that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis to continue", said International Rescue Committee (IRC) president and CEO David Miliband. 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".

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The U.S. has provided billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. McCaul said it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution and predicted it could disrupt USA security cooperation agreements with more than 100 countries.

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

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.

He gave Saudi Arabia as one example where he said the "Houthis, supported by Iran, have used missiles, armed drones, and explosive boats to attack civilian and military targets in those coalition countries".

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

The fighting in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, has left millions suffering from food shortages and medical care shortages.

According to a report published by the humanitarian group Save the Children last November, 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of five have died of malnutrition over the past three years, as the USA -backed Saudi coalition has relentlessly bombed the impoverished nation and restricted access to food and medicine.