Obama backs protests over Trump's refugee ban

Obama, who left office before 10 days, spoke out against Friday's executive order that temporarily halted the nation's refugee program and severely restricted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Obama backs protests over Trump

Barack Obama criticised his successor Donald Trump and supported the protests opposing President Trump's refugee ban with a spokesman saying the former president thinks they’re “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.”

Obama, who left office before 10 days, spoke out against Friday's executive order that temporarily halted the nation's refugee program and severely restricted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.


“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, in a statement issued after a weekend of protests against Mr Trump’s executive order. “Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organise and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”

Obama, the statement added, “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”


Obama’s statement was a break with past custom. Outgoing presidents and their staffs usually grant an informal grace period of sorts to a new administration, staying quiet publicly about policy differences.


Days before leaving the White House, Obama said to reporters that he would only speak out if he felt the nation’s ideals were under threat.


“I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much,” he said at his final news conference on Jan. 18. “But there’s difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake. I put in that category if I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion.”