Former US President Barack Obama has issued his first official statement since leaving the Oval Office nine days ago, to respond to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries.
Obama said he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith and religion.”
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” spokesman Kevin Lewis said on his behalf.
“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.
"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 and religion."
In a statement released yesterday, President Trump said the executive order, which bars citizens of seven nations from travelling to the US for at least 90 days, was "not about religion".