Biden’s Aide Slams Trump For Designating Houthis As Terrorists

ICBPS- Joe Biden’s nominee for National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has slammed President Donald Trump for designating Yemen Houthi rebels as terrorists.

Jake Sullivan says that the Trump administration’s decision to classify Houthi rebels as terrorists will only cause more suffering for the people of the Yemeni nation.

Sullivan said in a Tweet that Houthi commanders need to be held accountable, but designating the whole organization will only inflict more suffering on Yemeni people and impede diplomacy critical to end the war.

Trump administration has said that it will move to brand Houthis in Yemen as a terrorist group.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. wants to “deter further malign activity by the Iranian regime” that backs the Houthis.

The designation is set to take effect on Jan. 19, according to the reports.

On Jan 14, Reuters reported that three top United Nations officials all called on the United States on Thursday to revoke its decision to designate Yemen’s Houthis a foreign terrorist organization, warning it would push the country into a large-scale famine and chill peace efforts.

Over 100,000 Yemenis, including civilians, reportedly killed in the civil war in Yemen since 2014.

In a report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the civil war in southwest Asian country has so far claimed the lives of 233,000 people.

OCHA also added that “this large number is unfortunate and unacceptable.”

Yemen, located at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the nation, including the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Thousands of Yemenis are already “starving to death”, five million more are near starvation.

Of course, instead of condemning the destructive actions of the Houthis in Yemen and adopting resolutions to solve the crisis, the United Nations and global leaders try to blame President Donald Trump for what he has never involved in.

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