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

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President Trump has vetoed a bill Congress passed to end USA military assistance in the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen.

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.

In a separate tweet, Khanna challenged Trump's claim in his veto message that the Yemen measure represented "an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken [his] constitutional authorities".

The US President defended this role, as a "duty 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".

The fighting in the Arab world's poorest country also has left millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and has pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

In his statement vetoing the resolution, Trump called such support "limited" and argued that it has not 'introduced United States military personnel into hostilities'. The resolution had invoked the War Powers Act to distance the United States from the conflict in Yemen, which began in 2014.

The resolution passed 54-46 last month, with Republican Sens.

"President Trump's assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a positive signal", Gargash said on Twitter.

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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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced Trump's veto, saying it would serve to "perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis".

Kaine accused Trump of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, acknowledged the dire situation in Yemen for civilians, but spoke out in opposition to the measure when it was passed.

'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.

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

Trump was expected to issue the veto as the resolution was seen as a rebuke of Trump's Middle East policies.

Trump used his first veto in March to shut down a bipartisan resolution condemning his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a southern border wall.

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