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Trump: Obama's Veto of 9/11 Bill 'Shameful'

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By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 06:52 PM

Donald Trump ripped President Barack Obama's veto Friday of legislation that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, calling it "shameful" and "a disgrace."

"President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is shameful and will go down as one of the low points of his presidency," the Republican nominee said.

"This bipartisan legislation was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and would have allowed the families of the nearly 3,000 people slaughtered by radical Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001, the opportunity to seek justice in an American court of law.

"That President Obama would deny the parents, spouses and children of those we lost on that horrific day the chance to close this painful chapter in their lives is a disgrace," Trump added. "These are wonderful people — and as a lifelong New Yorker, I am saddened that they will, for now, not have that opportunity."

Obama argued that the bill undermined national security by opening up the U.S. government and its officials to lawsuits by anyone accusing this country of supporting terrorism, rightly or wrongly.

The legislation was passed Congress with strong bipartisan support, clearing the final hurdle just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

"I have deep sympathy for the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001," Obama wrote to the Senate in a veto message about the bill.

However, the bill "would be detrimental to U.S. national interests more broadly, which is why I am returning it without my approval."

Congress is expected to override the veto, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said the Senate would take up the override "as soon as practicable in this work period."

In his statement, Trump concluded, "if elected president, I would sign such legislation should it reach my desk."

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Donald Trump ripped President Barack Obama's veto Friday of legislation that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, calling it "shameful" and "a disgrace."
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