Trump threatens to “veto” against stopping support for Saudis in Yemen war
SANAA, Feb. 11 (YPA) – The Trump administration threatened on Monday to veto an effort in the U.S. Congress to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen.
About two weeks ago, Democratic and Republican lawmakers put forward a resolution on war powers as a way to send a strong message to Riyadh about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen and to condemn the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The administration said the resolution was inappropriate because U.S. forces had provided aircraft refueling and other support in the Yemen conflict, not combat troops. It also said the measure would harm relationships in the region and hurt the US ability to prevent the spread of violent extremism.
The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans in December, approved the decision by the war authorities, the first time a House of Congress has approved such a resolution. But Republicans who controlled the House of Representatives at the time did not allow a vote in the House on the resolution.
Democrats are now in control of the House of Representatives and are preparing to adopt the resolution this week.
However, the resolution will have difficulty in garnering the necessary two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress to overcome the president’s right to veto, according to “Reuters.”