Trump Vetoes Congressional Resolution To End US Role in Yemen War

Angela Weiss—AFP

Angela Weiss—AFP

Asharif said that Trump's veto will lead to a continuing debate and "might cause some repercussions between the Congress and the American presidential administration that may leave a positive impact for the interest of Yemen".

"This resolution is an unnecessary, unsafe attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering lives of American citizens and courageous service members, both today and in the future", Trump said in a statement.

"It is my duty to return it to the Senate without my consent", Trump said in the letter announcing the use of the veto.

Undeterred by a presidential veto, Democratic lawmakers are exploring new ways to end US military involvement in the Yemen conflict following a months-long battle between Capitol Hill and the White House over how the United States wages war overseas.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - the country's most senior Democratic politician - took aim at Trump's veto in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a war on Yemen's Houthi militias since 2015 after the Shia group seized government buildings and ousted the internationally-recognised government from Sanaa.

Democrats argued that U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict - through intelligence-sharing, logistical support and now-discontinued aerial refueling - is unconstitutional without congressional authority.

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For its part, the UAE also hailed Trump's veto. With the resolution, members of Congress were acting on their concerns about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014.

Trump said in his veto message that the U.S.is not actively on the ground in Yemen - there "are no United States military personnel in Yemen commanding, participating in, or accompanying military forces of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting 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 war has pitted Saudi Arabia and its allies against Houthi rebels that many believe are linked to Iran.

House approval of the resolution came earlier this month on a 247-175 vote.

Lawmakers who supported the War Powers resolution called Trump's decision a "painful missed opportunity". "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", Pelosi said.

We can not end the conflict in Yemen through political documents like S.J. Res. 7.

On the other hand, some Yemeni observers said that Trump's veto will not have an impact on the ongoing fighting between the Yemeni government forces and the Houthi fighters.

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