Trump Vetoes Measure to End US Involvement in Yemen War

Posted: April 16, 2019, 9:40 pm

Trump Vetoes Measure to End US Involvement in Yemen War Men inspect the site of an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, April 10, 2019. President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.
In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict.
The veto — the second in Trump's presidency — was expected. Congress lacks the votes to override him.
“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,'' Trump wrote in explaining his veto.
Congress has grown uneasy with Trump's close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries to further isolate Iran, a regional rival.
Many lawmakers also criticized the president ..

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Pompeo: Venezuelan People Won’t Tolerate Maduro Much Longer

Posted: April 14, 2019, 6:47 pm

Pompeo: Venezuelan People Won't Tolerate Maduro Much Longer U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, listens to Paraguay's Vice President Luis Castiglioni, during a press conference at “Palacio de Lopez,” in Asuncion, Paraguay, April 13, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he does not think the Venezuelan people will tolerate the Maduro regime much longer.
“The devastation wrought by Nicolas Maruro, the tragedy of the humanitarian situation there bought out solely by Maduro making the choice to bring in the Cubans, to allow Russians to intervene in the country — those are things that are destroying the lives of young people in Venezuela,” Pompeo told Peru's El Comercio newspaper Sunday.
Pompeo was on the last day of a four-nation tour of South America, where the economic and political calamity in Venezuela was among the top concerns during talks in Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia.
“This is not something that has happened in the last weeks or months. Thi..

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After Netanyahu Win, Trump Confident of Middle East Peace

Posted: April 11, 2019, 1:24 am

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally who is set for his fifth term as Israeli prime minister after winning a tight parliamentary election, saying that Netanyahu's victory would be good for peace. The Trump administration has said it will unveil a Middle East peace plan after this election. Little is known about the plan and whether it will be accepted by the Palestinians. Here's more from White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara.

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Trump: History Lesson Led to Golan Heights Decision

Posted: April 6, 2019, 6:07 pm

Trump: History Lesson Led to Golan Heights Decision U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2019 leadership meeting in Las Vegas, April 6, 2019. LAS VEGAS — U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he made the controversial decision to recognize Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights after getting a quick history lesson during a conversation on a different
subject.
Speaking at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas, Trump said he made the decision during a discussion with his top Middle East peace advisers, including the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“I said, 'Fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. Want to go fast. I got a lot of things I'm working on: China, North Korea. Give me a quickie,” Trump said to laughter from the Las Vegas crowd.
“'How do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we're discussing?'” said Trump,..

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US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

Posted: March 26, 2019, 12:31 pm

US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers a question during a news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Department of State in Washington. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t.
Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of America States because at least two of its agencies are allegedly lobbying for abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere.
Pompeo said the administration was committed to protecting “the sanctity of life” in the United States and abroad and would enforce the policy “to the broadest extent possible” by not allowing foreign non-governmental organizations to skirt the ban.
“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign..

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Looking for Election Boost, Israel’s Netanyahu in US to Meet with Trump

Posted: March 24, 2019, 2:37 pm

Looking for Election Boost, Israel's Netanyahu in US to Meet with Trump FILE – President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington looking for an electoral advantage from U.S. President Donald Trump's expected formal recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
Netanyahu, facing corruption charges and a tough re-election contest April 9, is meeting Monday with Trump at the White House and having dinner there on Tuesday, sandwiched around a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a major U.S. lobbying group for the Jewish state.
SEE ALSO: Israel’s PM to Meet Trump 3 Weeks Before Election Trump said on Twitter last week that he would recognize the Israeli ownership of the Golan Heights, the territory to the northeast of Israel along the Syrian border that was seized by..

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Trump: Time for US to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Posted: March 22, 2019, 2:28 am

In a surprise shift in policy, President Donald Trump said the U.S should recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a piece of land Israelis captured from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967. The announcement came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem Thursday, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an unprecedented step for a senior U.S. official. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.

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Trump’s Numerous Declarations of Victory Over IS

Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:30 pm

Trump's Numerous Declarations of Victory Over IS President Donald Trump shows maps of Syria and Iraq depicting the size of the “ISIS physical caliphate” as he speaks to workers at the country's only remaining tank manufacturing plant, in Lima, Ohio, March 20, 2019. In late 2018, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw almost all of its troops from Syria, saying the Islamic State terror group had been defeated and there was no longer a reason to deploy U.S. forces in the war-torn nation.
The announcement led to the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who reportedly felt the drawdown was premature.
In the months since Trump announced the defeat of IS, he has wavered on whether the group has been vanquished. Sometimes he predicted that total victory would come in hours or days, while other times he has doubled down on the claim that the IS threat has been eliminated.
Here's a chronology of claims concerning the demise of Islamic Stat..

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China, Saudi Arabia Condemned in Human Rights Report

Posted: March 14, 2019, 1:30 am

The human rights situation in China has seen no improvement in recent years, according to a new report presented on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of State also condemns Saudi Arabia in its annual report on human rights abuses around the world. The U.S. ally is cited for last year's killing of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Venezuela is also noted for its abysmal human rights record.

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Senate Demands Trump End US Support for War in Yemen

Posted: March 13, 2019, 9:50 pm

Senate Demands Trump End US Support for War in Yemen FILE – A nurse weighs a malnourished girl at a malnutrition treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen. The U.S. Senate defied President Donald Trump on Wednesday and voted to cut off support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.
Seven of Trump’s fellow Republicans sided with Democrats in passing the measure 54-46. It now goes to the House, where a similar measure stalled earlier this year.
The measure demands Trump “remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen within 30 days.”
If it passes in the House, it would be the first time in history Congress has invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which says Congress determines when the U.S. goes to war, not the president.
“Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional power by ending U.S. involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is clearly unconstitutional,” said independent Senator Bernie Sand..

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