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House Votes to Cut Off U.S. Military Assistance to Saudi-Led Coalition Fighting in Yemen

The conflict has killed thousands of civilians since 2014 and has made a dire humanitarian crisis in one of the world’s poorest nations even worse.

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Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold up their weapons in a show of support for peace talks in Sanaa, Yemen. The U.S. House on Feb. 13, 2019, approved a resolution that would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen. VOA

Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives rebuked President Donald Trump on Wednesday and voted to cut off U.S. military assistance to the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen.

The vote was 248 to 177 and marked the first time the House has used the War Powers Act.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which passed a similar measure late last year, setting up a possible showdown with the White House.

“This is their (Congress) opportunity to send a message to the Saudis that their behavior on Khashoggi and their flagrant disregard of human rights is not consistent with the American way of doing business and not in line with American values,” Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna of California said.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. VOA

The United States has been providing mainly intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The conflict has killed thousands of civilians since 2014 and has made a dire humanitarian crisis in one of the world’s poorest nations even worse.

Saudi-led airstrikes aimed at the rebels have obliterated entire neighborhoods, destroying schools and hospitals.

U.S. lawmakers from both parties are not only disgusted by the carnage in Yemen, but many are also angry over what they see as Trump’s tepid reaction to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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The conflict has killed thousands of civilians since 2014 and has made a dire humanitarian crisis in one of the world’s poorest nations even worse. VOA

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., questions U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2017, before the House State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee budget hearing. VOA

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, another California Democrat, called the U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen “shameful,” saying it helped create a humanitarian crisis.

Congress passed the War Powers Act in 1973 after the United States’ disastrous involvement in Vietnam.

It gives Congress the authority to pull U.S. forces out of an undeclared war.

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The White House said U.S. assistance to the Saudi coalition in Yemen does not fall under the War Powers Act because U.S. forces are not directly involved in hostilities.

If the Yemen resolution also passes in the Senate, the White House has threatened a veto. (VOA)

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Donald Trump Trolled on Twitter after He Says Moon is a Part Of Mars

As soon as Trump tweeted, people from around the world started trolling him with witty one-liners, jokes and memes

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Trump's remarks came a day after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told USA Today that US astronauts would not be able to make a lunar landing . VOA

US President Donald Trump has left people astonished with his knowledge of space and the universe and has become a laughing stock yet again after he claimed that the moon is a part of Mars.

In a tweet on Friday, he said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defence and Science.”

Trump’s remarks came a day after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told USA Today that US astronauts would not be able to make a lunar landing by 2024 unless Trump administration’s $1.6 billion budget increase request is not approved by the US Congress.

As soon as Trump tweeted, people from around the world started trolling him with witty one-liners, jokes and memes.

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US President Donald Trump has left people astonished with his knowledge of space . VOA

“Sigh! His dad must have paid his way through astronomy class too!” wrote American long-distance runner Ryan Hill.

“Trump’s knowledge on this matter is one small step for man, one giant leap backwards for mankind,” said Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jeremy Newberger.

“Based on the President’s track record here on Earth, I don’t think NASA needs his input on how to handle space,” tweeted Sam Vinograd, national security analyst at CNN.

Earlier in May, Trump, who is infamous for making controversial statements, war threats and spelling errors on his Twitter handle, confessed that he uses Twitter as a “typewriter”.

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Later, Twitter Co-founder, Ev Williams called Trump “master” of the platform, arguing the potential negative effects of the President’s tweets on the country’s political discourse are “trivial compared to the effect of the broader media”.

Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos – however, the Moon which orbits the Earth is not a part of the Red Planet. (IANS)