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Obama “fundamentally disagrees” with Trump’s #MuslimBan Executive Order and is Supportive of Protesters

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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump stand for a photograph outside of the White House ahead of the 58th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Photographer: TKTK/Pool via Bloomberg. Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg

Former President Barack Obama has made a statement on his successor Donald Trump‘s executive order and the protests thereafter.

Obama, who left the office 10 days ago, said he is “heartened by the level of engagement” from the American people and that he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discrimination” via his spokesperson, Kevin Lewis on Twitter –

Kevin Lewis pointed out that citizens’ engagement in politics has been near and dear to Obama before these events, as Obama previously addressed “the role of citizens as guardians of democracy” in his farewell speech – click here to read it.

His spokesperson also clarified the story circulating that Obama banned Iraqis from entering the United States in 2011, in a series of retweets.

And further clarified with this Obama statement as well.

10 Comments

  1. Dolly

    January 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    So much I wanna say on this issue, especially to my simple minded ignorant Nigerians backing this bigot fat sh!t up but then i heard he axed the drop box thingy and instant 2 years visa. But he ain’t done next will be inclusion in that list then openly disrespect with that scammers stereotype, smdh none y’all ready

    • Mama

      January 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I will keep saying this “IT IS NO BY FORCE TO GO TO AMERICA”. Stay in your country!
      Please why are these refugees not going to Saudi Arabia or The UAE or Turkey or Jordan. You cannot come to someone’s country and expect them to change to accommodate your culture and religion. There are very rich Muslim countries that can build new cities for these refugees let them do that and leave the US alone!!!
      DJT is God sent!

    • tunmi

      January 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I used to wonder why Nigeria is the way it is. I blamed govt because growing up that’s where the blame was. And then I thought about it…the people make the govt and we’ve been changing the visible leadership so it can’t be that. It’s the people. It’s you guys. You say, stay in your country. If Imelme Umana had stayed in Nigeria, would she have become the President of Harvard Law Review??

      Also, those nations have taken in refugees so stop lying. The data source of all of these publications seems to be the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) itself, which notes that over 4,000,000 refugees have been registered by the UNHCR in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. The government itself of Saudi Arabia has stated that it has, over the past five years since the start of the conflict hosted 2.5 million refugees.

      However, Al-Arabiya, a news outlet based in the UAE, has noted that “Saudi authorities granted Syrians the right of residency and work, and provided them with education and health services for free.” According to the Saudi government, over 100,000 children are currently receiving education in the country’s schools. Saudi Arabia is not alone in attempts to provide education for the refugees, with Lebanon now providing schooling for another 100,000 child refugees.

      huffingtonpost.com/anhvinh-doanvo/europes-crisis-refugees_b_8175924.html

  2. nnenne

    January 31, 2017 at 1:02 am

    BN not all Muslim countries were banned.
    Some countries who for whatever reason were on US rader for TERRORISM were banned.
    Good or bad we don’t know, since we. don’t know the details. .
    It is false to call it a Muslim ban.
    Thanks.

    • Wrong

      January 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

      I don’t think you watched his interview with a Christian News Network where he said he would give priority to Christian refugees from these countries before the ban. Thus implying it has an underlining hint of Muslim ban. There are so many other ways to curb extremist radical terrorist. Not just drastic like this. This would affect the good people of those countries who have no bad intentions, and contributing productively to the economy of the US.Hate against hate will not bring peace; it will only create more world chaos.

    • ijs

      January 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      what is wrong with contributing to the economy of other rich non war torn muslim countries? A christian cannot go to a muslim country and carry bible and not wear hijab but muslims want to have equal rights in a majority christian country. I know that my comment segregates a lot but its the truth.

    • C

      January 31, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Trump exempted predominantly Muslim countries where he has business interests. None of the countries on his ban list have actually been linked to terrorist attacks on the U.S; unlike countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and Afghanistan that he conveniently left off the list…to preserve his business relationships with said countries..

      For Trump, it’s all selective and self-interested.

  3. C.

    January 31, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Trump exempted predominantly Muslim countries where he has business interests. None of the countries on his ban list have actually been linked to terrorist attacks on the U.S; unlike countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and Afghanistan that he conveniently left off the list…to preserve his business relationships with said countries..

    For Trump, it’s all selective and self-interested.

  4. Genevieve

    January 31, 2017 at 9:09 am

    @dolly, the Dropbox has not been stopped. ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-visarenew.asp

  5. Suga

    January 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Obama should go and sit down as it is too early for him to be making political comments that is if he is wise. That is why a lot of people still have respect for GEJ with everything that is happening with this administration he has not really made a public political comment because he already knows what the reaction of Nigerians would be . Obama obviously have not gotten over Trumps win over his Hillary. It only takes wisdom to know what and when to talk no matter what you may know about the situation. Americans and the media needs to give Trump a chance!

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