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Former president Barack Obama released a statement Monday that supported protesters against President Donald Trump’s new executive order curbing immigration, reports USA Today.

From USA Today:

Obama’s office released a statement Monday that, while not directly critical of President Trump, did applaud those protesting a travel ban on visitors from seven Muslim countries.

The statement from Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis: “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.”

[The statement continued,] “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.”

Obama’s announcement marked the first time that the former president has criticized the current president, reports CNN.

SOURCE: USA TodayCNN

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