Despite the pleas from 9/11 victims' families, President Obama is slated to veto a bill allowing lawsuits against Saudi government.
- White House Spokesman says Obama will veto JASTA.
- Victims' Families pleaded “Please, Mr. President, don’t slam the door shut and abandon us."
- Law would allow victims to sue Saudi government.
(Reuters) During a press conference in New Haven Connecticut on Monday, victims of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 made a plea to President Obama. Brett Eagleson of Middletown, whose father Bruce was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, urged the President not to veto the legislation. He called this action hurtful describing it as,
“a kick in the stomach to 2,996 victims of terrorism on American soil.”
President Barack Obama would veto a bill passed by both houses of Congress that would allow the families and victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for damages, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.
"It's not hard to imagine other countries using this law as an excuse to haul U.S. diplomats or U.S. service members or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world," Earnest told reporters in a daily briefing. "I do anticipate the president would veto this legislation when it is presented to him," he said.
“Please, Mr. President, don’t slam the door shut and abandon us,” concluded a letter written by the families to the president. It went on to say “We need the Executive Branch to join Congress and protect us and all future victims of terrorism. Please sign JASTA.”
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