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Obama praises protesters, 'fundamentally disagrees' with Trump's immigration order

Former President Barack Obama praised nationwide protests against President Donald Trump's immigration order in his first comments since leaving the White House on Jan. 20. "President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country," a statement from his office said.

In reaction to Trump's executive order banning people from seven predominately Muslim nations from entering the U.S., the statement added that Obama "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. … Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble [...] is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake."

Read the full statement below. Jeva Lange