By: TDF Editorial Team
President Trump this evening vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end the US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Congress had voted for the first time earlier in April to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and halt the US involvement in this foreign conflict. This veto, the second one in Trump’s time as President, was not unexpected. Congress doesn’t have the votes to override the veto.
Congress has shown to be uncomfortable with the close relationship Trump has forged with Saudi Arabia as he tries to keep the isolation of Iran one of his top priorities. The US provides billions of dollars of weaponry to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against rebels backed by Iran in Yemen. Members of Congress are concerned about the thousands of civilian casualties since the conflict began back in 2014, many due to coalition airstrikes. Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, is on the brink of famine due to the medical care shortages due to the fighting.
Trump issued his first veto last month on immigration related legislation. He had declared a national emergency so he could use more money earmarked for other things to construct a border wall. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump proceeded to veto that measure.