Obama ‘Fundamentally Disagrees’ Discriminating on Faith or Religion

Time: 9:47 p.m. CEST

Former President Barack Obama in a statement issued by his spokesperson Kevin Lewis on January 30, openly criticized the action undertake by President Donald Trump’s executive order on extreme vetting and backed the protesters at the nation’s airports who protests Trump’s action on Friday.

“The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” Kevin Lewis, spokesman for the former president said in a statement. Lewis said, Obama supported people who gathered to protest action and according to Lewis, “citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”

Ten days after President Trump’s inauguration, this is the first time Obama to make a critique to current president. This is former president’s first statement after leaving the White House. With the statement, Obama rejected the comparison between a 2011 temporary immigration order that halted Iraqis coming to the U.S. and broader ban by the Trump administration for a temporary ban to people of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

Though the current White House has compared Trump’s action to what Obama did in 2011 when “he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months,” Obama’s move was much narrower in scope, CNN comments.

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