Former President Obama has not been very quiet since leaving the White House. Obama is clearly concerned about the state of the country under President Trump. According to The Hill, On Saturday, Obama spoke to the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta while on vacation. Obama issued some grave warnings about the current administration and Trump’s “America First” policies.
“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,” Obama said.
Obama then discussed Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris climate agreement, stating, “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change. The agreement will still give our children a fighting chance.”
The former President continued, “If you are strong in your own faith then you should not be worried about someone else’s faith. 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. 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.”