Donald Trump made an unexpected move by calling on his partner, Saudi Arabia, to end the blockade on Yemen that has endangered millions and is placing the Arab country on the brink of starvation.
In a rare divergence from Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump called on the kingdom to end its blockade on Yemen, citing human rights.
The blockade in Yemen that has accompanied the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen’s war has restricted access to food and medical supplies.
According to reports, two out of three Yemenis face the risk of starvation while many more are suffering from cholera, rabies, bacterial infections, and other preventable diseases.
Trump’s official statement urged U.S. officials “to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it.”