President Trump vetoed a joint resolution on Tuesday calling on the US to stop providing military support to Saudi-led forces fighting in Yemen's ongoing civil war, calling it "an unnecessary, dangerous attempt weakening my constitutional powers and endangering Americans' lives citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future. "
It was only the second veto against Trump's presidency, and Congress lacked the votes to override him.
Both houses of Congress had called the 1973 War Powers resolution in an attempt to end American involvement in the conflict raging in the Middle East since 201
Congress shows signs of discomfort at Trump's close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he seeks to isolate his regional rival Iran. Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the murder of Saudi Arabian writer Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized the kingdom.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that the veto was "part of an alarming pattern in which Trump ignores Saudi Arabia's actions that counteract US values." and accused the administration of "considering Saudi Arabia at the expense of US security interests."
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Who co-sponsored the Senate resolution with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tweeted: "The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian aid, not more bombs, and I'm disappointed, but not astonished that Trump has rejected the bipartisan resolution to end US involvement in the terrible war in Yemen. "
The US has provided billions of dollars to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that is fighting Yemeni Iran-backed rebels , Members of Congress expressed concern over the thousands of civilians killed in coalition attacks since the beginning of the conflict. Fighting in the poorest country in the Arab world has also plagued millions of people with food shortages and medical supply shortages, bringing the country to the brink of famine.
After the Senate passed the resolution last month, the White House believed that it was flawed to undermine the fight against extremism. The Trump administration also claimed that US activities supporting Saudi Arabia's armed forces were not "hostilities" and claimed that the resolution "could set a bad precedent for future legislation".
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Parliament's approval of the resolution came earlier this month to a vote between 247 and 1975. The Senate vote last month was 54 -46.
Trump vetoed immigration legislation last month. Trump had declared a national emergency so he could spend more money on building a border wall. The congress agreed to block the emergency declaration, and Trump refused.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.