The civil war in Yemen continues and the Saudi-led coalition in the country received support from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Senate prepares to vote on President Donald Trump’s veto of a resolution aiming to end the U.S. support of the Saudi coalition. According to Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate will “process’’ the veto, but he did not specify what kind of vote on Trump’s decision the Senate will take.
The resolution failed to pass both the House and the Senate, as a majority of two-thirds is required to overturn the presidential veto.
On the situation in Yemen, Pompeo was talking at The Hill’s Newsmaker Series event, as he referenced the rebel missile attacks that hit the airport. He said:
“Airplanes flying through King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh are at risk, and the United States has an obligation to protect our citizens. So the support we’re providing to the Saudis as they attempt to engage these dangerous missiles system is in America’s best interest.’’
The Saudi-led coalition receives help from the United States in logistics, intelligence sharing, and arms sales, as they fight the Houthi rebels in Yemen, a group that is backed by Iran.
Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the Yemen civil war, as he said that the war is “Iranian led’’ and that Tehran has chosen to direct the Houthis not to withdraw from the port of Hodeidah like it was agreed to last year, as Iran provides weapons to the Houthis, according to The Hill.
“The people who were the happiest when that resolution passed were Qasem Soleimani and the ayatollah. There is no doubt about that. When they see the United States shrink away from this challenge that puts United States citizens at risk, they think they’ve achieved a victory.’’