- US President Obama vetoed a bill that would let families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
- Obama said the bill would be detrimental to US national interests
- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump described Obama’s decision as “shameful’
United States of America President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would allow families of the victims of Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States even as he expressed his “deep sympathy” for the victims of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 21, 2001.
Obama vetoed the bill on September 23; just two days after he led the US in marking the 15th anniversary of the attacks.
As mentioned in ABC News, the bill, known as “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA, passed unanimously in both chambers of Congress, would be detrimental to US national interests and could lead to lawsuits against American officials, according to Obama.
“If any of these litigants were to win judgments – based on foreign domestic laws as applied by foreign courts – they would begin to look to the assets of the U.S. Government held abroad to satisfy those judgments, with potentially serious financial consequences for the United States,” Obama said.
The White House tried to have the legislation scrapped or substantially revised but failed.
Families of the 9/11 victims were outraged and very disappointed by Obama’s decision to veto the bill.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump described Obama’s decision as “shameful”; adding “if elected president, he would sign such legislation should it reach his desk.”
Trump said Obama’s vetoing the bill “that would deny the victims’ families the chance to close this painful chapter in their lives is a disgrace.”