President Trump has used his presidential veto for the second time during his term, to block a bill from Congress which would have ended US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
“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,” Mr Trump said in a statement to the Senate, that was released by the White House.
The move came as the president turned on Fox News after the right-wing news channel hosted a town hall debate with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Trump tweeted that the event had been “stuffed with Bernie supporters,” adding: “What’s with @FoxNews?”
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President Trump launched a bizarre attack on Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden late last night on Twitter, saying he was looking forward to facing either of them, should they secure the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
The president labelled the pair as ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’ and ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’, saying: “I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!”
Last night, President Trump appeared to turn on his favoured TV channel Fox News, over a town hall meeting they hosted with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Trump tweeted angrily that the event had been “stuffed with Bernie supporters” – as many of those present in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania had expressed support for Sanders’ Medicare for All healthcare plan.
But the president’s claim that his supporters were barred from the event was contradicted by local media, who reported a range of political groups were in the audience, including Trump supporters.
In a statement, the president said: “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.”
The United Nations estimated last year that 6,872 civilians had been killed and 10,768 wounded, the majority in Saudi-led air strikes, since the military operation against Houthi rebels began in March 2015.
This is only the second time that Trump has used the presidential veto since his term began in January 2017.
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