WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, along with 25 members of Congress, denounced the Trump administration’s short-sighted decision to designate the Houthis a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the lawmakers underscored the disastrous consequences of the designation and demanded information on the process that led to the rushed policy decision in the final days of Trump’s presidency.
In the letter, the members wrote, “This designation will not help resolve the conflict nor provide justice for the violations and abuses committed during the war; it will only compound the crisis for millions of Yemenis fighting for their survival.”
The letter was signed by Representatives Gregory W. Meeks, Ted Deutch, James P. McGovern, Jim Costa, Alcee L. Hastings, Ro Khanna, Colin Allred, Debbie Dingell, Barbara Lee, Adriano Espaillat, Andy Levin, Gerald E. Connolly, Andy Kim, Joaquin Castro, Albio Sires, Peter DeFazio, Jan Schakowsky, Alan Lowenthal, Tom Malinowski, Mark Pocan, William R. Keating, Dean Phillips, Steve Cohen, and Pramila Jayapal.
The full text of the letter can be found here.