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Jon Rainwater, Peace Action, 510-469-3700 cell,
Gabe Murphy, Peace Action, 510-501-3345 cell,

Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now


In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:

"Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority of Congress to end our involvement in the catastrophic, unconstitutional war in Yemen. He can't claim to be putting America first while prolonging a conflict that's been detrimental to U.S. security interests.

"Congress needs to keep the pressure up and continue the fight to stop U.S. complicity in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. They must pull out the stops to confront this president who thinks starving millions of Yemenis is a price worth paying for high arms industry profits. Congress should work to block arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition and cut off funding for U.S. military involvement in Yemen. They should raise hell in the run up to the 2020 election and lay each new casualty of this war at Trump's feet where they belong. They should hammer home the message that you can't end endless war by cutting Congress out of decisions on when we go to war."

Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.