Former President Barack Obama has released his first official statement since leaving the White House. In the statement released Monday morning, the 44th President lauds protestors and repeats that he "fundamentally disagrees" with President Trump's travel ban on the grounds that it discriminates against certain religions in particular. The statement comes through Kevin Lewis, Obama's post-presidential spokesperson, and was tweeted by Sam Stein, Senior Politics Editor at The Huffington Post.
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 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.
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.
Meanwhile, President Trump has been defending the unconstitutional travel ban on his Twitter account all morning.