Saudis gave the U.S. $360b in deals. Now they want Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law.
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Miami Herald
Posted: May 29th, 2017
President Donald Trump struck a series of deals with Saudi Arabia on his two-day visit but the kingdom is still anxiously waiting for him to deliver on something else: the repeal of a contentious 2016 law that allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for their deaths. Saudi officials have been quietly lobbying the administration and Congress to overturn the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which led more than 800 families to file suit. Trump supported the bill and cant do much to change it. Still, Saudis are convinced the man they consider the ultimate salesman will make a deal. Saudi Arabias energy minister, Khalid al Falih, said in an interview in March that his nation believed that the new administration and Congress would eventually reverse course. If Trump supports the JASTA, he will lose the relationship with Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Alhamza, a social researcher and writer, said bluntly through a translator. Do you expect Trump will pass JASTA after (billions of) Saudi riyals went to the United States? Alhamza asked, a reference to a series of agreements Trump and Saudi King Salman had signed totaling $360 billion in weapons sales and economic development. Congress passed [JASTA] last September ... after the release of a long-withheld 28-page section of the first U.S. report on the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks outlining possible links between the hijackers and Saudi officials. Saudi Arabia organized a massive lobbying to stop the legislation.
Note: An Obama-era presidential veto did not stop JASTA from moving forward. Neither did Saudi Arabia's influential charm offensive, or its $750 billion threat. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our 9/11 Information Center.