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Trump objects to measure ending US support for Saudis in Yemen war

2019/02/12 | 17:40

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)-

The Trump administration threatened on Monday to veto an

effort in the US Congress to end US military support for the Saudi Arabia-led

coalition in the war in Yemen.The administration said the resolution was inappropriate

because US forces had provided aircraft refueling and other support in the

Yemen conflict, not combat troops. It also said the measure would harm

relationships in the region and hurt the US ability to prevent the spread of

violent extremism.Saudi Arabia, a good ally to Trump’s administration in the

region, is leading a coalition battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.The United States has supported the Saudi-led air campaign

with mid-air refueling support, intelligence and targeting assistance.Democrats view the war powers resolution as a way to assert

Congress' constitutional right to authorize the use of military force in

foreign conflicts. Republican opponents of the measure, echoing Trump, argue

that support for the Saudis constitutes a security agreement, not the use of

force.However, the resolution would struggle to garner the

two-thirds majorities needed in both the House and Senate to overcome a Trump

veto. Republicans still hold a slim majority in the Senate.









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