Bernie Sanders has demanded that the United States Congress overrides the Presidential veto against withdrawing U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen.
Donald Trump vetoed a decision by Congress to remove U.S. support for the war in Yemen last week, absurdly suggesting that the decision would endanger the lives of American citizens and troops. Trump also seemingly took the vote by Congress as an affront to his personal power, stating that it was a “dangerous attempt” to weaken his authority.
The legislation, originally co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders, had argued that U.S. actions in Yemen were unconstitutional, violating the requirement that only Congress can sanction war, not the Presidency. The Democrat frontrunner is not taking the actions of Trump laying down, calling on Congress to now override the veto.
“The president’s action is a very serious challenge to congressional authority that demands a response… let us agree that it is imperative that Congress reaffirm the power given to us by the Constitution over matters of war, one of the most serious duties we have as members of Congress… Congress must now act to protect that constitutional responsibility by overriding the president’s veto.”Bernie Sanders
Sanders also stated that while the passage of the resolution was “long overdue”, any senators who opposed the resolution should address those concerns in the Senate and protect their constitutional rights by supporting the overriding of the veto.
Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) Statistics
- 80,000 killed since the beginning of the conflict.
- 30,000 killed in 2018 alone.
- 3.3 million people remain displaced in the country.
- 20 million people across Yemen are suffering from hunger.
- 240,000 people are living in famine-like conditions.
- 177,000 people have fled from Yemen into neighbouring countries.
Western support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen has been coming under increasing scrutiny as the death toll and humanitarian crisis in the country intensifies, with at least 80,000 killed since the beginning of the war in 2015 and 10,000 killed in the last five months as conditions deteriorate. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen was left 20 million people suffering from hunger and 3.3 million displaced.