Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

War in Yemen AHMAD AL-BASHA AFPGetty Images

War in Yemen AHMAD AL-BASHA AFPGetty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

It is the second time that Mr Trump has used his veto power since entering the White House.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and courageous service members, both today and in the future", Trump wrote in explaining his veto.

The resolution passed the House of Representatives in April and the Senate in March, the first time both chambers had supported a War Powers resolution, which limits the president's ability to send troops into action. The votes marked the first time both chambers approved using the war-powers resolution to withdraw the us military out of an overseas conflict.

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.

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.

"It should come as a surprise to nobody", the official said. Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Even so, Trump has resisted holding Mohammed responsible and has continued to embrace him and other Saudi leaders.

President Trump first used his veto last month after Congress voted to block his declaration of a national emergency on the United States southern border in order to secure funding for his border wall.

Trump's first veto, issued last month, was of a congressional resolution disapproving of his emergency declaration.

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

In his State of the Union address in February, Trump declared, "Great nations do not fight endless wars". Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of a Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom.

He said the USA 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.

He also urged members of Congress to instead focus their energies on the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan and Syria.

The California Democrat said that he will continue to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen and will continue to push for ending America's support in the war through future bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Trump administration had already pledged to end the refueling runs.