Obama says he disagrees with discrimination based on religion

The former US president has spoken out about the the political activism which has erupted since Donald Trump was elected.

Former US President Barack Obama. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - Former US President Barack Obama is heartened by the political activism he sees across the country and disagrees with discrimination against people based on their religion, a spokesman said on Monday.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, said the former president who left office 10 days ago "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion."

"Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organise and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake," Lewis said.

He said Obama was "heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country."

Last week new US President Donald Trump ordered a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily banning travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the move would help protect Americans from terrorism.