Time: 9:00 p.m. CEST Update: 11:30 p.m. CEST
After eight years on power and leading the United States, President Barack Obama will end the second term as a president and will further decide upon his involvement in the political arena. But, before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States, president Barack Obama held his final news conference with the White House. Obama responded to various questions related to domestic and foreign policy issues.
During his last news conference before his second term as a president ends on Friday, Obama explained that the “moment may be passing,” for the two-state solution in Israel-Palestinian talks.
Obama was clear in evaluating the signal U.S. sent a signal, which is a wake up call that this moment maybe passing. Obama said he continues to be “significantly worried” about the Israeli-Palestinian issues.
The President said, he thinks “the status quo is unsustainable,” and it is dangerous for Israel, Palestinians, region and “it is bad for American national security.”
Explaining recent abstain vote at the United Nation Security Council about resolution on Israelis settlements, Obama said the goals was to say “the growth of the settlements are creating reality on the ground that would make increasingly two-state solution impossible.”
In other topics, Obama explained yesterday’s decision to commute the sentence of former military member Chelsea Manning, who made intelligence leaks. “First of all, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence.” In his decision, Obama considered that she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, “the sentence she received was very disproportional for what other leakers had received, and it made sense to commute, not pardon that sentence.”
President Obama opened the news conference by wishing well to former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush well after the news that both were hospitalized on Wednesday. Obama, who served as 44th president of the United States, pointed out the need for free press.
“It does not work if we don’t have well informed citizenry, and you are kind of through, which they receive the information what is taking place in the halls of power,” Obama addressed the White House press corps. Obama talked on Cuba policy, relations with Russia on nuclear issues, future of race, inequality in the United States, LGBT rights.
“Thank you very much press corps, good luck,” was the last words Obama said before closing the final news conference he held as a president.