Barack Obama Praises Protesters of Trump's Muslim Ban in First Post White House Statement

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Barack Obama Praises Protesters of Trump's Muslim Ban in First Post White House Statement

The former president says he "fundamentally disagrees" with "discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion."

Published January 30, 2017

It didn’t take long for Barack Obama to weigh in on new policy after relinquishing the White House just days ago.

The 44th president, in the wake of Donald Trump’s ban on seven Muslim-majority nations, made comments in a statement released Monday (January 30) praising protesters of the current president’s executive order and says he “fundamentally disagrees” with what the travel ban stands for.

“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” the statement, relayed by Obama post-presidential spokesperson Kevin Lewis, reads. “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.”

The three-paragraph statement also encourages more protest and says Election Day isn’t the only day Americans should make their voices heard.

During and since the protests began, President Trump has steadfastly defended his travel ban on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, saying it’s for the good of American safety. He also explained his lack of notice and vetting of the executive order as a safety measure — one that would prevent “bad dudes” from rushing “into our country during that week.”

Check out Barack Obama’s full statement about the travel ban below as well as Trump’s rebuttal to criticism about it.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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