In June, Congress passed several resolutions to block the Trump administration from executing pending arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

“I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 38, a joint resolution that would prohibit the issuance of export licenses for the proposed transfer of defense articles, defense services, and technical data to support the manufacture of the Aurora Fuzing System for the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb Program in regard to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This resolution would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners,” Trump said in a letter to the US Senate on Wednesday.

Trump rejected two other resolutions in separate letters, with more likely to come, which prohibited transferring laser-guided and precisions munitions to the UAE among other countries in Europe.

The US president in the veto messages struck back at critics claiming the munitions sales to the Saudis end up being used to wound and kill civilians in Yemen.

“By undermining bilateral relationships of the United States and impeding our ability to support key partners at a critical time, the joint resolution would harm – not help – efforts to end the conflict in Yemen. And without precision-guided munitions, more – not fewer – civilians are likely to become casualties of the conflict,” Trump said.

The president argued that restricting the ability of US partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions “would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes.”

ALSO READ  IRGC commander warns Israel against naval presence in Persian Gulf

Trump also claimed that the resolutions would impair the United States’ ability to protect US troops overseas that could be targeted by Iran and the Houthi movement.

Trump and other members of his cabinet have publicly opposed ending military support for the war in Yemen because it might jeopardize US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf state allies.

Many US lawmakers have said the State Department decision to authorize military aid to the Saudi-led coalition is illegal given the ban against providing such assistance to states with poor human rights records.

A UN human rights report released last year attributed most of the 16,000 civilian deaths in Yemen to Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on targets such as hospitals, schools and open-air markets. The report said that all parties to the conflict are likely responsible for war crimes.

The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi since 2015. The intense fighting has resulted in one of the world’s most acute humanitarian crises, with about 22 million people in Yemen currently in need of assistance, according to UN figures.

 

Source: Sputnik

Advertisements
Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

5
Discuss

avatar
3 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
Daeshbags-SuxSweet Robertal-Nakba v2.0 Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Member
Regular
Upvoted
Commenter
Joe Yousef

AREN’T THOSE THE SAME PEOPLE YOU ACCUSED OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR 911 YOU PIECE OF s**t WHAT HAPPENED YOU WERE BOUGHT OUT LIKE THE REST OF THEM?

Daeshbags-Sux
Guest
Daeshbags-Sux

8 of the 9-11 hijackers were put on planes to USA by IRGC. Do you know that Ossama was personally trained by Imhad Mugniyeh (Hezbollah military commander until a CIA+Mossad joint team blew his car in 2008)? AFAIK there never was support to AQ at Saudi-state level. Now it’s not a secret that some of the Bani-Saud snakes provided support to diverse extremists at personal level. It’s also not a secret there were purges… Hehe, MBS wants to become king 😉 As I already pointed, the only quality of the Bani-Saud is to be VERY elastic. It’s really the only… Read more »

Sweet Robert
Guest
Sweet Robert

US plotting to separate UAE from Iran due to vital trade commerce. US likely to blackmail UAE Prince,so it has been written.

al-Nakba v2.0
Guest
al-Nakba v2.0

+++ “The intense fighting has resulted in one of the world’s most acute humanitarian crises, with about 22 million people in Yemen currently in need of assistance, according to UN figures.”
>>> Mostly thanks to Houthis snatching humanitarian help to re-sell it and/or to make the population dependant on them : either you send your 11-12 year, sometimes as young as 10y old kid fighting for them or no food!
According to UN too, the third of Houthi fighters are child soldiers and families are coerced into sending their kids to war!!!!!

Sweet Robert
Guest
Sweet Robert

Child Soldiers are part and parcel for KURD militia. Correction: Kurd Mercenaries.