President Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was opposed by several of the president’s top advisers.
President Trump has vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have ended American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s civil war in Yemen.
According to the New York Times, the president rejected an appeal by lawmakers to withdraw the United States from bloody foreign conflicts.
President Trump used his power to block legislation passed by both houses of Congress, which strikes down a resolution that invoked the War Powers Act to distance the US from a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and resulted in famine.
Insiders claim President Trump’s move and support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was opposed by several of the president’s top advisers, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, John R. Bolton.
This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future, Trump said in his veto message.
Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, said the president’s move “is deeply disappointing” and has sought out a meeting with Trump to try to persuade him to sign it.
“The president had the opportunity to sign a historic War Powers Resolution and stand with a bipartisan coalition, including his allies Rand Paul, Mark Meadows and Matt Gaetz, to stop endless wars,” Khanna said. “He failed to uphold the principles of the Constitution that give Congress power over matters of war and peace.”
In his veto message, Trump said he agreed with Congress that “great nations do not fight endless wars.” He noted that the United States was negotiating to end its involvement in Afghanistan and drawing down troops in Syria.
However, the president said Yemen is a different situation. “The United States provides logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels. It stopped its most direct military involvement: in-flight refueling of Saudi planes. And Saudi Arabia remains a staunch ally of the United States, the linchpin of its campaign to isolate Iran, which supports the Houthis in their uprising against the Yemeni government,” the New York Times writes.
“We cannot end the conflict in Yemen through political documents,” Trump said. “Peace in Yemen requires a negotiated settlement.”