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Obama’s Parting Words: I Think We Are All Going to Be Okay

Obama is set to leave office on Friday when he will be succeeded by Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

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US President Obama addressing his last press conference. (Photo: AP)
Snapshot
  • Barack Obama said that his relations with Donald Trump are cordial
  • He also said he continues to be worried about Israel-Palestine
  • Obama called out for “constructive relationship” between US and Russia
  • The President also commented on Chelsea Manning commuting and WikiLeaks
  • Obama also touched upon Cuba, LGBT issues and voter fraud in the US
6:33 PM, 18 Jan

Barack Obama Addressed His Last Press Conference as US President

Barack Obama addressed his final press conference as the president of the United States of America on Wednesday at the White House.

Obama is set to leave office on Friday when he will be succeeded by Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The press conference came just a day after Barack Obama shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US military intelligence official who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest breach of the kind in US history.

9:24 PM, 18 Jan

Claims of Voter Fraud in the US Elections Are "Fake News"

Obama’s Parting Words: I Think We Are All Going to Be Okay

The President said that the claims of voter fraud in the US elections are "fake news," and that the country is the only democracy that makes it harder for its citizens to vote.

In his final presidential news conference, Obama refered to election fraud claims repeatedly raised by Donald Trump during his campaign. He didn't use his successor's name, but said that the accusations have been "disproved."

Obama also said that there is an "ugly history" behind restrictive voting that traces back to the era of slavery.

The President warned that many Trump voters also feel disenfranchised. He said those people feel forgotten, looked down upon or fear that their children don’t have the same opportunities as other Americans.
9:24 PM, 18 Jan

Obama's Relationship with Trump

Obama said his relationship with President-elect Trump are cordial. (Photo: AP)
Obama said his relationship with President-elect Trump are cordial. (Photo: AP)

Commenting on his relationship with Donald Trump, the President said,

They are cordial. At times, they have been fairly lengthy and they’ve been substantive.

He said that he has given his best advice to Trump, along with counsels on both domestic and international issues. Obama, however, said that there wouldn’t be “enormous overlap” between his policies and those of Trump.

He also added that once the President-elect understands the complexities of providing health care to everyone, it “ may lead him to some of the same conclusions that I arrived at once I got here”.

Obama avoided a question on whether he supports about 50 House Democrats planning to boycott Trump's inauguration, while stating that he will be there along with outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama.

9:24 PM, 18 Jan

Will There Ever Be Another Black President?

When a reporter raised this question, Obama replied,

I think we’re going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country. We’re going to have a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president. We’ll have a whole bunch of mixed up presidents at some point that nobody knows really knows what to call them.

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