President Barack Obama’s 2016 Ramadan message included a veiled criticism of Donald Trump, according to many news outlets covering the story. Ramadan, a holy month in the Islam religion, began Sunday June 5 and continues until Tuesday July 5.
“I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights,” Obama said.
Trump has contended throughout his presidential campaign that the U.S. has significant problem with radical Islamists intent on killing Americans inside the country. James Comey, the director of the FBI, has gone on record as saying there are active terrorist cells in all fifty states within our union.
Obama continued, “I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance … We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim.” These comments are in sharp contrast to Trump’s call for a temporary ban of Muslims entering the United States until the federal government can “figure out” what is going on with radical Islamic terrorism and terrorists seeking to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Obama said he looks forward to hosting Muslims in the White House during the month of Ramadan.