Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement Monday supporting the protests going on around the country. Obama’s first statement since leaving the White House condemns the discrimination against individuals because of their faith or religion, warning that “American values are at stake.”
“I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent,” Obama have said to the protesters in November.
Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama, who is opposing President Donald Trump on specific issues he considered core values, “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
“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.
Indirectly referring to Trump’s executive order, Lewis pointed out Obama’s past comments against a Muslim ban, reports Politico.
“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 said.
However, this comes after Obama’s aides stated that the former President is not going to be the voice of opposition to Trump.
“President Obama is enormously grateful President Bush gave the president space to do his job when he took office, and he’ll do the same for President Trump,” said Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz. “President Obama won’t weigh in on the day-to-day churn of Washington, but if there’s something that’s counter to what he believes America stands for, he might consider speaking out.”
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