U.S. President Obama departs Washington, DC for Saudi Arabia where he will discuss the fight against Islamic State and other defense issues, according to a White House official. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama departs Joint Base Andrews for a trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (April 19). Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter will talk with leaders in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries about the fight against Islamic State militants and other defense issues, a White House official said. A Senate bill that would allow U.S. citizens to sue the Saudi Arabian government over the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is still being finalized, senior lawmakers said on Tuesday, adding that it was important to consider the impact on the U.S.-Saudi alliance. With President Barack Obama leaving for Saudi Arabia, members of Congress have been discussing the legislation, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in January but has not been scheduled for debate in the full Senate or House. Some U.S. citizens whose relatives were killed in the attacks want to be able to sue the Saudi government because most of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The al Qaeda militant group, then based in Afghanistan, was blamed and the U.S. and its allies invaded the country. No U.S. investigation to date has reported finding evidence of Saudi government support for the attacks. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama did not support the legislation and would not sign it.