Barack Obama has broken his silence regarding Trump's immigration policies
This is the first time that Obama has discussed Trump’s presidency since he left office earlier this month.
The office of Barack Obama has released a statement which supports the ongoing protests that are occurring around the US. The former US president has stated that he opposes any policy that discriminates against individuals because of their faith or religion, saying that “American values are at stake.”
Since leaving the White House, Obama has tried to keep a low public profile, a tradition that's pursued by the majority of outgoing presidents, as the transition of power to Donald Trump unfolds.
The former president has broken his silence though as Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama — “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
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The statement adds: “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 highlighted Obama’s previous comments regarding a Muslim ban.
“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,” Lewis said.
Quotes via Politico