Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTillerson on North Korea: 'Our goal is not regime change' WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at NRA forum Lewandowski promising clients access to Trump: report MORE on Friday blasted President Obama for vetoing legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Trump added he would approve the controversial legislation if he were occupying the White House instead of Obama.
“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,” the GOP’s presidential nominee said.
“These are wonderful people, and as a lifelong New Yorker, I am saddened that they will, for now, not have that opportunity. If elected president, I would sign such legislation should it reach my desk."
Obama vetoed JASTA earlier Friday, setting the stage for a fierce showdown with Congress over its future.
“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief that 9/11 families have endured,” he wrote in his veto message.
“Enacting JASTA into law, however, would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”
JASTA would allow those injured or families of the deceased from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments using the U.S. court system.
Saudi Arabia has long been accused of supporting the hijackers – charges which Saudi leadership strongly denies.
Obama maintains JASTA would undermine decades-old diplomatic immunity protections guaranteed by a 1976 law and complicate the U.S.' foreign policy goals and alliances.
But JASTA enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSchumer blocks one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Hundreds of former EPA employees blast Trump on climate change MORE (R-K.Y.) said earlier this week the upper chamber will delay a recess in order to vote on overriding the veto.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans won't vote on ObamaCare replacement bill this week Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Senate's No. 2 Republican: Border tax 'probably dead' MORE (R-Wis.) said the House will follow suit, predicting “the votes are there for an override.”
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at NRA forum When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in Trump bragged about election win during 100 days interview MORE’s presidential campaign additionally announced Friday the Democratic presidential nominee would sign JASTA.
“Clinton continues to support the efforts by Sen. [Chuck] Schumer [D-N.Y.] and his colleagues in the Congress to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terror to hold accountable those responsible,” spokesman Jesse Lehrich said. “She would sign this legislation if it came to her desk.”