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White House opposes Saudi Yemen war powers resolution

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House advisers recommended on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump veto a resolution to end Washington’s support for the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen.

The White House statement of administration policy came as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on the matter, one of several efforts by lawmakers to push Trump to toughen his policy toward the kingdom.

Backers of the resolution, who include some of Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, said they are optimistic about its chances of passing the Senate.

However, the Senate’s Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, denounced the war powers resolution on Wednesday as he opened the Senate, calling it “inappropriate and counterproductive.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan; Editing by Susan Thomas

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