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Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on February 11 Image Credit: AFP

Washington - The Trump administration says it “strongly opposes’ a bill that would direct the president to withdraw US armed forces from the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen, threatening to veto a measure the House plans to vote on later this week.

“The premise of the joint resolution is flawed” as the US has “provided limited support to member countries of the Saudi-led coalition” in Yemen and this has not led to US forces becoming involved in hostilities, the White House said in a statement of administration policy. “The joint resolution would raise serious constitutional concerns.” It also said the measure would harm relationships in the region and hurt the US ability to prevent the spread of violent extremism.

Democrats and some Republicans are calling for the end of the US’s role in supporting the coalition campaign in Yemen, while the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has intensified the examination in Congress of US government policy toward Saudi Arabia.

The House is expected to consider the measure, H. J. Res. 37, this week after the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee approved the measure last week on a 25-17 party-line vote. The Senate passed a similar measure last year by a 56-41 vote under the threat of a veto by the president. After sweeping election victories, Democrats now have a House majority. However, the resolution would struggle to garner the two-thirds majorities needed in both the House and Senate to overcome a Trump veto. Republicans still hold a slim majority in the Senate.