Trump’s Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now
Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:
“Trump can’t claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority of Congress to end our involvement in the catastrophic, unconstitutional war in Yemen. He can’t claim to be putting America first while prolonging a conflict that’s been detrimental to U.S. security interests.
“Congress needs to keep the pressure up and continue the fight to stop U.S. complicity in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. They must pull out the stops to confront this president who thinks starving millions of Yemenis is a price worth paying for high arms industry profits. Congress should work to block arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition and cut off funding for U.S. military involvement in Yemen. They should raise hell in the run up to the 2020 election and lay each new casualty of this war at Trump’s feet where they belong. They should hammer home the message that you can’t end endless war by cutting Congress out of decisions on when we go to war.”
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.