President Donald Trump vetoed a resolution calling for an end to U.S. military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen.
Trump said US support for the war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Huthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, was necessary to protect the safety of the more than 80,000 Americans who reside in certain coalition countries.
“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 said in a statement announcing his veto.
Trump also said the veto would harm “bilateral relations” with key US allies.
These countries “have been subject to Huthi attacks from Yemen,” he said, referring to drone and missile strikes against Saudi Arabia.
Some 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen during the past four years, according to the World Health Organization, although human rights groups say the toll could be five times higher.