Last night Donald Trump vetoed the War Powers Resolution. This decision was met with criticism from Democrats who were concerned with the safety of the Yemeni people and with Trump’s relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince.
Of all the critics, none have been more incendiary as former Alaskan Senator, Mike Gravel. Gravel, who has also announced that he is running for president in 2020, released a scathing statement alleging that the president is complicit in the Yemeni genocide.
Official statement from Sen. Mike Gravel on President Trump's Yemen veto. "President Trump is an active participant in this genocide." pic.twitter.com/oi8TNcucmw
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 17, 2019
“President Donald Trump is an active participant in this genocide. With this veto, he makes it clear that the influence of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince outweighs the legal powers of the United States Congress and international law to support what the UN calls, ‘the worst humanitarian crisis.”
The former senator criticized both Republicans and Democrats in the statement. Gravel continued:
“This war is but the latest entry in the American empire’s catalogue of atrocities. We cannot forget the supposedly progressive Obama administration was the first to enthusiastically support the Saudi campaign in Yemen. Our government has always supported these abuses, and it sometimes seems as though bombing children is the only policy upon which all Presidents can agree.”
Trump explained the veto, “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.”
While they won’t do it as aggressively as Senator Gravel, many will continue to question Trump’s veto as it pertains to his relationship with Saudi Arabian officials as well as his potential overrides of congressional authority.