April 16, 2019

Kaine Statement On Trump Veto Of Bill To End U.S. Support For The Saudi-Backed War In Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen:

“With this veto, President Trump shows the world he is determined to keep aiding a Saudi-backed war that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions more to the brink of starvation. This is part of an alarming pattern of Trump turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s actions that fly in the face of American values, like the murder of journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi and the jailing of women’s rights activists. And now we’ve learned the Trump Administration has secretly authorized the transfer of nuclear know-how to Saudi Arabia, despite the Saudi regime’s threats to create a nuclear program and refusal to agree to nonproliferation rules that would prevent the development of nuclear weapons. I hope my colleagues will show we won’t tolerate the Trump Administration’s deference to Saudi Arabia at the expense of American security interests by voting to override this veto.”