Over the weekend, Americans across the country, politicians, and international leaders reacted to Donald Trump's executive orders which halted immigration, blocked visas, and denied entry for passport and green card holders from seven, predominantly Muslim countries.
Barack Obama has issued a statement on the ban through a representative, who wrote that Obama "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” BuzzFeed News reports. Read the full full statement below.
“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 rights 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.
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.”