Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement on Monday that essentially condemned the new administration for Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Spokesman Kevin Lewis also praised those protesting the ban. “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 said.
Obama’s decision to step back into the public light comes just 10 days after he left office. He joins the chorus of Democrats criticizing Trump for his decision to temporarily halt refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and stop all Syrian refugee resettlement in America.
Trump has compared his actions to Obama’s 2011 moves to restrict entries from Iraq after two Iraqis were arrested in Kentucky on terrorism charges.
Lewis addressed that claim in the statement from Obama’s office.
“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 added.
— Kevin Lewis (@KLewis44) January 30, 2017