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Barack Obama Responds To Donald Trump's 'Immigration Ban'

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Barack Obama Responds To Donald Trump's 'Immigration Ban'

Though Barack Obama is no longer president, you can still expect him to comment on political issues. His first comments after leaving the White House to make way for successor Donald Trump have come after the latter signed an executive order to ban people from certain countries entering the US.

Celebrities like gold medal winning Olympian Sir Mo Farrah have also commented on the 'immigration ban', claiming that Trump has made him feel like an 'alien'.

Obama, via a statement released by his post-presidential office, didn't go into great detail about the order, but did say that "American values are at stake", the Daily Mail reports.

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"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country," the statement said. "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."

Prior to Donald Trump beating Hilary Clinton in the US election last year, Obama didn't mince his words when referring to the 70-year-old. He made his feeling clear about Trump, and at one point even claimed he'd never be president.

Credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live

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"At least I will go down as a president," Obama said on Jimmy Kimmel in a reply to a Tweet Trump posted saying: "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of The United States!"

In the statement Obama went on to compare the order that has been signed to his foreign policy decisions.

"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,'" the statement said.

The Daily Mail reported that Obama was most likely responding to a remark President Trump made, saying: "My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months."

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Topics: Obama, Trump

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