Time: 11:57 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama made his year-end news conference with the White House correspondents and talked about achievements in his eight years of presidency, giving his standpoint on several important domestic and foreign policy issues. On open issues in Syria and halted evacuation in Aleppo, Obama said that “it is the hardest issue” he faced as President.
“We all know what needs to happen, needs to be international observer force in Aleppo, that can help coordinate and orderly evacuation through safe corridors,” Obama explained, pointing out that, “For years, we have worked to stop the civil war in Syria and alleviated human suffering.” Obama reiterated his opinion that “a responsibility for all this brutality lays in one place alone. It would be Assad’s regime and its allies Russia and Iran.”
“And this blood, these atrocities are on their hands,” Obama responded. The President observed that relations between the United States and Russia “deteriorated sadly significantly in the last several years and more we approach an appropriate response, it increases cost for them to in the future, but does not create problems for us, it is worth taken the time to figure it out.”
Obama said that, based on “uniformed intelligence assessments, Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC.” The issue of the interference through cyber attacks, “should be bipartisan issue, not partisan issue and my hope is that the President-elect would be similarly being concern that we don’t have potential foreign influence in our election process,” Obama said.