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U.S. President Donald Trump Vetoes Measure to End U..S Involvement in Yemen War

ump issued his first veto last month on legislation related to immigration. Trump had declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump vetoed that measure.

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Men inspect the site of an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, April 10, 2019. VOA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict.

The veto — the second in Trump’s presidency — was expected. Congress lacks the votes to override him.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump wrote in explaining his veto.

Congress has grown uneasy with Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries to further isolate Iran, a regional rival.

Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom. Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Intelligence agencies said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing.

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Congress has grown uneasy with Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries to further isolate Iran, a regional rival. VOA

The U.S. provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. The fighting in the Arab world’s poorest country also has left millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

House approval of the resolution came earlier this month on a 247-175 vote. The Senate vote last month was 54-46.

Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to end U.S. military assistance to the war, saying the humanitarian crisis in Yemen triggered “demands moral leadership.”

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. VOA

The top Republican on the committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, acknowledged the dire situation in Yemen for civilians, but spoke out in opposition to the bill. McCaul said it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution and predicted it could disrupt U.S. security cooperation agreements with more than 100 countries.

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Trump issued his first veto last month on legislation related to immigration. Trump had declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct a border wall. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump vetoed that measure. (VOA)

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Trump Says That China and India are Not Growing Nations Now

Trump says that they are "taking advantage" of the tag of "developing nations"

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Donald Trump said that Everybody is growing but USA. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump has said that India and China are no longer “growing nations”, claiming that they are “taking advantage” of the tag from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and warned that he will not let it happen anymore.

“They (WTO) view certain countries like China, India… as growing nations. Well, they have grown, and they had tremendous advantages… We’re not letting that happen anymore…Everybody is growing but us,” said Trump at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

They (India and China) were taking the advantage of a developing nation tag from the WTO, putting the US to disadvantage, he said at the rally.

The WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade between nations.

The White House pointed out in a memorandum that China and many other countries continue to style themselves as developing countries “allowing them to enjoy the benefits that come with that status and seek weaker commitments than those made by other WTO members”, media reports said.

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In World Trade Organization, Trump make some senational comments about China and India. Pixabay

Trump said the US does not need the WTO if the Geneva-based organization fails to address loopholes that favour certain nations.

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Shortly after issuing the memorandum, Trump said in a statement that the WTO was “broken” as “the world’s richest countries” claim to be developing countries and get special treatment to avoid WTO rules, reports say.

China, with whom the US is engaged in a bruising trade war, has been identified by Washington as the “most significant abuser” of WTO regulations. Since joining the WTO, China has insisted that it is a developing country, according to the memorandum. (IANS)