(CNN) — President Donald Trump issued the second veto of his presidency Tuesday, stopping a congressional resolution that might have sought to finish US involvement within the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen.
“This resolution is an pointless, harmful try and weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of Americans and courageous service members, both immediately and sooner or later,” Trump wrote to the Senate Tuesday.
Trump added that the resolution is “unnecessary” partially because there are not any United States army personnel in Yemen “commanding, collaborating in, or accompanying army forces of the Saudi-led coalition towards the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting Yemen.”
Trump was expected to challenge the veto because the decision was seen as a rebuke of Trump’s Middle East policies.
Supporters of the Warfare Powers Decision argued the US shouldn’t be involved in the struggle without specific permission from Congress. Opponents argued the US doesn’t have “boots on the ground” and is providing noncombat technical help to Saudi Arabia, an ally.
Several supporters made clear their votes have been also aimed toward expressing their frustrations with Trump’s continued help for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been implicated within the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The bill handed the House 247-one hundred seventy five. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted current. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.
Whereas the Democratic-controlled Home unsuccessfully sought to override Trump’s first veto on an unrelated difficulty, it appears unlikely it is going to hold an override vote this time because the Yemen decision originated within the GOP-managed Senate. The override process should start in whichever chamber first passed the bill.
Certainly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made no point out of a veto override in her assertion Tuesday night time, by which she referred to as for Trump to “put peace earlier than politics.”
“The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the complete world. Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America’s shameful involvement on this heartbreaking crisis,” Pelosi stated.
“This conflict must finish, now. The Home of Representatives calls on the President to put peace before politics, and work with us to advance an everlasting answer to end this crisis and save lives.”
The only other veto Trump has issued was his veto of a decision of disapproval for his emergency declaration to build obstacles along the US border with Mexico. Trump vetoed that resolution last month.