President Obama shames legacy as he speaks out against Trump’s policy, fueling chaos, protests
President Obama waited ten days until he decided to re-insert himself into the political discussion with remarks against President Trump’s immigration Executive Order. Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said a statement that “all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy” and “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.”
Trump pointed out that his new policy is “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”
Obama’s remarks attempt to distance his legacy from the Trump plan.
The strong words shocked Republicans who watch President George W. Bush stay silent through years and years of attacks and harsh words.
In his final press conference, Obama signaled he would give the new president some deference, but that he wouldn’t hesitate to speak up if he believed the country’s “core values may be at stake,” including “systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion.”
Obama’s remarks will certainly embolden protesters and create more confusion over the new policy. Full details of the Executive Order can be read HERE
How the Trump plan is NOT a Muslim ban – read analysis HERE
Here’s the Obama statement:
“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,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said a statement. “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,” the statement from Lewis added.