Time: 12: 10 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama spoke at a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and addressed the U.S. military urging the Army never to abandon its “core principles.”
Obama directed his message to the President-elect Donald Trump who, as the Washington Post writes; during his White House campaign voiced, “Support for torture and for killing the families of terrorist, in violation of the laws of war.”
President Obama offered gratitude to the military and addressed the issue of preventing civilian casualties. “We cannot sacrifice the very freedoms we are fighting for,” Obama said.
Obama talked at the military base outside Washington D.C. and counseled against rushing into war or having forces on the ground. In the speech, Obama pointed out that in the past eight years, the U.S. did not face foreign terrorism attack on the homeland. But, Obama stressed out that despite the politics, the military has strong support.
In the eight years of his presidency, Obama returned majority of American forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.