Issuing the second veto of his presidency, President Trump on Tuesday evening vetoed a measure that would have cut off U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen’s civil war.
In a statement to the Senate released by the White House, Trump called the joint resolution “unnecessary” and argued it would negatively affect U.S. foreign policy.
The resolution, which would have required Trump to withdraw any U.S. troops in or “affecting” Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda, reached the president’s desk after it passed the House in a vote of 247-175 earlier this month. The Senate had passed it in a vote of 54-46 last month.
Neither the House nor Senate vote was enough to override a veto.
“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 his statement Tuesday.
The United States has supported the Saudi-led military coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s civil war with logistics, intelligence sharing and arms sales.