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For the first time since leaving office, former President Barack Obama speaks out against Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration and Muslims by saying, "American values are at stake."
For the first time since leaving the Oval Office, former President Barack Obama broke his silence and expressed solidarity with nationwide protests after Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from Muslim-majority countries was enacted.
According to reports, a statement from Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for former President Obama, was released through a statement on Monday.
“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 citizens 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.
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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.”
Although the statement did not specifically mention the 45th president, Obama’s sentiments can obviously be related to the protesters across the nation resisting Trump’s recent immigration orders.
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