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Former President Barack Obama has released his first public statement since leaving office, criticizing President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order to curb immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and backing protesters who have, in recent days, taken to the nation's airports to support travelers who were detained. The former president ceded power to Trump just eleven days ago, and his statement breaks an unwritten rule that former presidents do not criticize their successors.

"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," he said in his statement through his spokesman, Kevin Lewis.

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