Trump uses 2nd veto to override Yemen resolution

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President Trump vetoed a congressional resolution Tuesday night calling for an end of usa involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, calling the measure "an unnecessary, risky attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities".

"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 said in a statement.

He said there were no USA military personnel in Yemen accompanying the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis, although he acknowledged that the US has provided limited support to the coalition, including intelligence sharing, logistics support, and - until recently - in-flight refuelling of non-U.S. aircraft.

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash reacted swiftly to Trump's veto. "I hope my colleagues will show we won't tolerate the Trump administration's deference to Saudi Arabia at the expense of American security interests by voting to override this veto", Kaine said.

He stated continued involvement was also necessary to 'protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries'. Mr Trump called the conflict in Yemen "a "cheap" and low-priced way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia".

"Congressional engagement in those endeavors would be far more productive than expending time and effort trying to enact this unnecessary and risky resolution that interferes with our foreign policy with respect to Yemen", he said.

In his statement, however, Mr Trump stressed the need for "peace in Yemen".

"Peace in Yemen requires a negotiated settlement", the president said.

Mr. Trump vetoed the measure Tuesday.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Mike Lee and Democrat Chris Murphy led the fight to pass it, in what constitutes the first time that the Congress sought to block a President on war authorization.

The US has provided billions of dollars of weapons and intelligence to the coalition.

Last November, Washington ended refueling missions, and Saudi said then that United States assistance was no longer needed.

Since 2015, the U.S. has provided the aerial refuelling of jets, reconnaissance, targeting and intelligence information to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in their campaign against the Houthi rebels who unseated the Saudi-backed government in Yemen.

In his statement vetoing the resolution, Trump called such support "limited" and argued that it has not 'introduced United States military personnel into hostilities'. Gaining such majority remains unlikely.

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