US President Barack Obama says Congress has set a “dangerous precedent” by overriding his veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
“Well, I think it was a mistake,” Obama said during a town hall meeting-style interview on CNN on Wednesday night, after the House of Representatives joined the Senate in overriding Obama’s veto of the 9/11 victims’ bill.
“If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal loss,” he said.
Obama said the measure sets a “dangerous precedent” in international law that could have repercussions for the United States.
“It’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard,” he added. “And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard.”
But Obama went on to say that “I understand why it happened. Obviously, all of us still…