President Trump on Tuesday vetoed a joint resolution instructing the US to put an end to military assistance to Saudi-led forces fighting the current Yemen civil war, calling it "an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, the lives of American citizens and valiant members of the service, today and in the future. "
Trump and Congress's second veto vote have no votes to re- he overrides.
Both Houses of Congress sought the Resolution of the Powers of War in 1973 in a bid to end America's participation in the conflict, which took place in the Middle Eastern country since 201
Congress presented the signs of anxieties surrounding Trump in Saudi Arabia while attempting to isolate Iran, a regional rival. Many lawmakers also warned the president that they did not condemn Saudi Arabia for the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the kingdom.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that the veto was "part of a scary Trump pattern that turns blind in Saudi Arabia's actions to fly in front of values of the Americans "and accused the administration of" Saudi Arabia's conformity at the expense of American security interests. "
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Co-sponsor the Senate resolution with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah: "The people of Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, no more bombs. Trump is surprised that the bi-partisan resolution rejected the US involvement in the frightening war in Yemen."
The US has billions of dollars of arms in the Saudi coalition fighting with rebels who survived Iran in Yemen. Members of Congress expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in airstrike by the coalition because the conflict began. The fight against the poorest nations in the Arab world has also left millions of suffering from food and medical care shortages and pushed the nation to the brink of famine.
After the Senate passed the resolution last month, the White House learned that it was defective and would undermine the fight against extremism. The Trump administration also said that US activities in support of Saudi-led forces did not constitute "combat" and claimed that the resolution could "set a bad lead for future legislation."
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House resolution approval came earlier this month on a 247-175 vote. The Senate vote last month was 54-46.
Trump released his first veto last month on immigration-related laws. Trump declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump vetoed measure.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.