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President Donald Trump returns to the White House following a trip to Burnsville, Minnesota on April 15, 2019 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that will sought to end U.S. involvement from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House said on Tuesday.
“This specific resolution will be an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens in addition to brave service members, both today in addition to from the future,” Trump said from the veto message.
The resolution passed the House of Representatives in April in addition to the Senate in March, marking once both chambers of Congress had supported a War Powers resolution, which limits the president’s ability to send troops into action.
Neither the 247-175 tally from the Democratic-majority House nor the 54-46 vote from the Republican-led Senate could be enough to override the veto, which could require two-thirds majorities in both chambers.
Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians.
They also argued that will U.S. involvement in Yemen violated the constitutional requirement that will Congress, not the president, should determine when the country goes to war.
The four-year-long civil war in Yemen, which pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people in addition to spawned what the United Nations calls the entire world’s most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine.