President Barack Obama walks out of the home of Vernon Jordan (L) after attending an Alfalfa Club luncheon in Washington, DC on January 30, 2016. AFP PHOTO/MOLLY RILEY / AFP / MOLLY RILEY
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In a public show of support, President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members Wednesday in Baltimore on his first presidential visit to an American mosque.The visit will amount to a public embrace of Muslims by Obama at a time when public sentiment against them seems to be growing, largely fueled by fears of terrorist acts carried out by extremist groups.Obama has largely put distance between himself and U.S. Muslims, opting against fueling the rampant theories that he is a closet Muslim who was born in Kenya, the country of his late father's birth. Obama has been outspoken in pushing back against calls by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and others to block Muslims from being admitted to the U.S. over fears of terrorism linked to radical extremist groups.
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