US Senate sustains Trump veto supporting Arab coalition in Yemen

Update US Senate sustains Trump veto supporting Arab coalition in Yemen
US President Donald Trump received a boost for his support of the Arab coalition in Yemen after the Senate sustained his veto. (Reuters/File Photo)
Updated 02 May 2019

US Senate sustains Trump veto supporting Arab coalition in Yemen

US Senate sustains Trump veto supporting Arab coalition in Yemen
  • Victory for White House policy backing for Arab coalition
  • White House said that support does not constitute engaging in hostilities

WASHINGTON: The Senate has failed to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of legislation that would have ended US military assistance for the Arab coalition in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Thursday.

The Senate's 53-45 vote to override the veto fell short of the required two-thirds.

The US is providing logistical support and intelligence-sharing with the coalition as it battles the Houthi militia in support of the internationally-recognized government.

When explaining the veto, the White House said that support does not constitute engaging in hostilities.