Former president Barack Obama has broken his silence following the travel ban put in place by President Trump.
The former president has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with discrimination that targets people based on their religion and was “heartened” by the protests that are taking place accross the country.
A spokesman for Obama said:
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy–not just during an election but every day.
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Lewis also responded to President Trump’s objectively false assertion that his Muslim Immigration Ban was the same as Obama’s 2011 measure to slow down the process by which Iraqi refugees could settle in the United States.
“With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
It is uncommon for a former president to disagree so early with the new presidents actions. Obama clearly feels strongly about the subject.
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