At least one Republican agrees with President Obama’s decision to veto a bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Despite Democrats and Republicans voting in a landslide to override the presidential veto on Thursday, former Republican New Jersey Governor Tom Kean joined the FOX Business Network and said he believes the President was right to reject the bill.
“Once we pass a law like this it gives people around the world the right to pass similar laws and bring American citizens into their courts and sue American citizens,” Kean said. “And courts around the world don’t always have the same system of judgment we do. American soldiers, American business people, American tourists, what have you, could get caught up in a way that we are not going to like. For that reason and a couple other reasons, I am sorry they did it.”
The former Governor is also widely recognized for chairing the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission, which was signed into law in 2002. The commission was created to “prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”
“I have great sympathies for the families trying to blame and get money and all that. I have great sympathy for them. I just don’t think this was the right remedy and I think the President was right and I think we’ll regret doing it,” he said.