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Obama VS Trump: Former President Pleads With Americans To Dump Trump’s Policies

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Obama VS Trump: Former President Pleads With Americans To Dump Trump’s Policies

All pretense is gone, former President Obama is done with the historical precedent of saying nothing negative about your predecessor. On Saturday he declared a stern warning against the new trend toward “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and then stressed the critical nature of the Paris climate agreement. Recently President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement that has nearly 200 nations adhering to it.
Obama did not use the president’s name, but called out one of his policy changes, “The world is at a crossroads,” Obama said, while speaking at the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta. He is in Indonesia while on vacation with his family. Obama continued to speak against pursuing national interests at the peril of the rest of the globe. He challenged the world to confront threats like “discrimination against people based on race or ethnicity or religion.”
Obama warned the eager listeners, “We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism, we start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us.”
And then Obama hit Trump’s policy on the Paris accord hard, noting “the temporary absence of American leadership” on fighting climate change. “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” Obama said. He spoke about the continuing effect the agreement will have even with the U.S. gone from the accord, saying that it “will still give our children a fighting chance.”
Indonesia was once Obama’s childhood home. He spoke of his own family, including his stepfather who “was raised a Muslim.” And then Obama addressed religious freedom. “If you are strong in your own faith then you should not be worried about someone else’s faith,” Obama said, to resounding applause.
The former president wasn’t done addressing some of the controversial elements of the present administration. He warned also about restricting the freedom of the press saying it was a symptom of intolerance toward differences. “If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.
“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence,” he continued.
The gloves seem to be off and the precedent of remaining silent on the present administration is off the table. Obama is back and aiming straight at President Trump.
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Credit: The Hill

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