‘Blood of Jamal Khashoggi and Innocent People of Yemen’ on His Hands as Trump Vetoes Effort to Block Massive Saudi Weapons Sale

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he arrives at a campaign event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2B46Z

In a move anti-war critics warned will “greenlight more atrocities” by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, U.S. President Donald Trump late Wednesday vetoed three congressional resolutions that aimed to block billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“The blood of Jamal Khashoggi and the innocent people of Yemen is on the president’s hands,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) tweeted after Trump vetoed the bipartisan measures, which passed last month after the president attempted to skirt Congress and unilaterally authorize over $8 billion in arms sales to the repressive Gulf nations.

The congressional resolutions were not approved by a veto-proof majority, meaning any effort to override Trump’s veto would likely fail.

As The Guardian reported, the “arms package included thousands of precision-guided munitions, other bombs and ammunition, and aircraft maintenance support” for the Saudis and UAE.

In his veto message, Trump cited unspecified “threats” from Iran as a justification for approving the weapons sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.

Mariam Iskajyan, program manager for policy and advocacy at Win Without War, said the president’s vetoes are “heartbreaking” and could have devastating consequences for the people of Yemen, who are already suffering from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“U.S. weapons have been used for the mass killing, starvation, and maiming of countless Yemeni civilians, including schoolchildren,” Iskajyan tweeted. “We will never stop fighting to end U.S. brutality in Yemen.”

One commentator suggested Trump’s decision to continue funneling arms to the UAE and the Saudis as they commit atrocities in Yemen amounts to yet another reason House Democrats must launch an impeachment inquiry immediately:

Trump’s decision to veto the congressional measures comes just months after the president vetoed a War Powers resolution that would have ended U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led coalition’s war crimes in Yemen.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that Trump’s vetoes Wednesday will “cost innocent lives.”

“These weapons are going to continue fueling a reckless and brutal campaign of violence,” said Engel, “and exacerbating the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”

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David Bishop
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David Bishop

This country never learns – 70 years of proxy wars to bolster our arms-dealing sector of the economy, not to mention fruitless loss of life on all sides. It’s almost enough to make one cynical 😉

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

If this country cares so much about protecting the American people. Why don’t they start with that terrorist in the White House? Let me tell you why, because we have a gutless bunch of politicians that care only about themselves. We deserve every damn thing we get.

Independent
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Independent

I aak again. WHY is he doing these evil traitorous things? What is he getting from it? Is this all a power kick because he feels like the incompetent little man he is?

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

What is he getting from it? MONEY! CASH! a check? No, bank transfer? Wire? no no no it’s all about the money, for him! it’s just money for him.

Elli
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Elli
Start protecting the American People and make the moron in the WH pay for his behavior thinking he can do anything. Make him pay for all the things he has done illegally. It is sickening that Congress is not more strict with this delusional moron. He should not be able to get away with all this. Stronger oversight is necessary since he is a sneak in doing things. We also have very gutless Republicans that are only in it for themselves and do not think of the American People . It Has to stop. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.