President Obama pays tribute to Muslim American community in Ramadan proclamation speech

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President Barack Obama greets guests after delivering remarks during the annual Iftar dinner, celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the East Room of the White House, on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is marking the beginning of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan with a proclamation that indirectly criticizes Republican Donald Trump.

After praying tribute to American Muslims, Obama says “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.”

Trump, who has clinched the GOP presidential nomination, has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Obama’s proclamation says, “We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim.”

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