Moments ago, President Trump issued his second veto of his Presidency.
His first veto kept alive his emergency declaration at the U.S. border.
President Trump has just issued the second veto of his presidency, rejecting a resolution from Congress to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Trump calls it a "dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities." pic.twitter.com/IgrxgE4943
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 16, 2019
Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Says the resolution is "an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities…" Second veto of his presidency after the national emergency one.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 16, 2019
President Trump vetoed a congressional resolution Tuesday night calling for an end of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, calling the measure “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”
In issuing the second veto of his presidency, Mr. Trump said the congressional action would be “endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.”
The president said U.S. forces are not engaged in hostilities “in or affecting Yemen” apart from counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and the Islamic State.
“There are no United States military personnel in Yemen commanding, participating in, or accompanying military forces of the Saudi‑led coalition against the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting Yemen,” he said in his veto message.
Congress voted for the first time this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict. Lawmakers, who are increasingly uneasy about the administration’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, lack the votes to override the veto.
Since 2015, the U.S. has provided support for the Saudi-led coalition, including intelligence sharing, logistics support, and, until recently, in-flight refueling of other countries’ aircraft.