Yes, president of the United States, Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government. He states the law passing would be “detrimental to U.S. national interests.”
The foreign minister for Saudi Arabia has warned that the bill itself could cause his government to withdraw U.S. investments. The country denies any involvement in the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, although 15 of the 18 hijackers that targeted the World Trade Center and Pentagon were Saudi citizens.
If the law would have went into effect then it would have allowed victims’ families to sue any member of the Saudi Arabian government who was thought to have played a role in any sort of element of the attack itself. Congress passed the bill earlier this month. However, it was known that president Obama had serious concerns about the bill and was unlikely to sign it into law.
The idea that the Saudi Arabian government had anything to do with these attacks has been approached with great controversy. Senator Chuck Schumer himself plans to press ahead and attempt to overrule President Obama’s veto. He states that “If the Saudis did nothing wrong, they should not fear this legislation. If they were culpable in 9/11, they should be held accountable.” What are your thoughts? Is President Obama doing the right thing for our country by not allowing this into law or is he causing more pain on the public?