Obama ‘heartened’ by anti-Trump protests, spokesman says

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Former US President Barack Obama is “heartened” by protests, taking place against President Donald Trump’s recent ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

Kevin Lewis, the spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said Monday that the 44th US president backs the rallies, further rejecting Trump’s claims that his measure is like one of Obama’s back in 2011.

Trump issued an executive order late Friday to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days.

Protesters sit in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on January 29, 2017.  (Photo by AFP)

The ban has triggered massive protests with thousands of people rallying in support of Muslims across the country.

“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the…

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