President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan measure passed by Congress earlier this month demanding that he withdraw US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House said.
“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 a message to lawmakers released by the White House.
The resolution — which called for the president to remove US armed forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen within 30 days unless Congress authorised further engagement — passed the House about two weeks ago following Senate approval in March.
Both chambers failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to override Trump’s expected veto.
Trump defended limited US support of the Saudi-led coalition’s war against Houthi rebels as essential to protect Americans living in the region and fend off the potential influence of Iran.
He said the resolution was unnecessary because there are no US troops “commanding, participating in, or accompanying” the Saudi-led coalition. Trump said the US has provided intelligence sharing, logistics support and until recently in-flight refueling of allies’ aircraft. Those activities, Trump said, are consistent with the Arms Export Control Act as well as the president’s
constitutional authority as Commander-in-Chief.