Will Trump Sign Yemen War Powers Resolution? Who’s Blocking It?
April 14 (EIRNS)—A report in the Washington Examiner today says that backers of the War Powers Resolution on Yemen, passed by both Houses last week, have been trying to meet with President Donald Trump to urge him to sign it. White House staff, according to the paper, have been stonewalling a response, and have recommended a veto to the President. Trump, however, responded to the resolution’s passage April 10 by calling it a “very serious” matter, and promising he would have more to say at a later point.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-WI), one of those trying to meet with Trump, told the Examiner, “I think his advisors are at odds with where he is.... Advisors in the administration have their own interests and may not be giving him the full picture.” Another, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told VICE News, “The President’s a dove. He has dovish tendencies. I think that if we get some time with him, we can make our argument about how the war in Yemen runs afoul of the Trump doctrine.”
Other sponsors who signed a letter requesting a meeting were Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and Rep. Thomas Massie, as well as Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. Khanna said, “I really believe if Rand Paul, myself, Matt Gaetz and Mike Lee got in a room with him, we would persuade the President. The challenge is, are his advisors going to allow us to do it?”