Tags: Barack Obama | Hillary Clinton | pete king | clinton | demand | obama | saudi

Rep. Pete King: Clinton Should Demand Obama Sign Saudi 9/11 Bill

Image: Rep. Pete King: Clinton Should Demand Obama Sign Saudi 9/11 Bill

(AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 07:11 AM

Rep. Pete King Monday called on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to speak out and demand President Barack Obama back away from his "unconscionable veto threat" against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which would allow family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for damages.

"By saying that he does not want to strain relations with the Saudis, the president is giving in to Saudi threats, and is putting Saudi concerns before the interests of American families whose loved ones were murdered on 9/11," the New York Republican, who picked up the legislation after the defeat of its original sponsor, Rep. Dan Lungren, R-California, said in a press release.

The House passed JASTA last Friday with a voice vote that confirmed a Senate vote in May. The bill amends a law from 1976 that gives foreign countries immunity from lawsuits from the United States, and allows lawsuits from Americans against nations directly involved in terrorist attacks against United States citizens.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama will veto the bill, as he "feels very strongly about this," as it "opens up the U.S. to being hauled into courts around the world."

"It's not hard to imagine other countries hauling U.S. service members, U.S. diplomats, and even U.S. companies into courts around the world," said Earnest.

King, though, questioned Obama's fears about other countries taking retaliatory actions.

"By saying that he fears retaliatory action, the president is sending one more sign of weakness to the world," King said in his press release.

"By saying that he does not want to strain relations with the Saudis, the president is giving in to Saudi threats and is putting Saudi concerns [first]. Hillary Clinton can no longer be silent."

Clinton, said King, has a "strong moral obligation" to put her "blind party loyalty aside" and demand Obama sign the bill into law.

"America's interests must come before the interests of Saudi Arabia and its lobbyists," said King.

"This should not be a partisan issue. Donald Trump has announced his strong support of JASTA. It would clearly be in America's national interest and send such a strong message to the world for both major candidates to speak with one voice. The time for Hillary Clinton to be heard is now."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Rep. Pete King Monday called on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to speak out and demand President Barack Obama back away from his "unconscionable veto threat"...
pete king, clinton, demand, obama, saudi, 911, bill
387
2016-11-13
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 07:11 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved