Barack Obama at his final press conference: You're supposed to ask tough questions
Obama defended the decision to grant clemency to the Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning saying justice has been served
Outgoing United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended the freedom of press saying the media persons assembled for his last press conference that they were “supposed to ask tough questions”. “You’re not supposed to be sycophants, you're supposed to be sceptics," Obama said.
The Washington Post reported as Obama saying that he would speak against any attempt to undermine the country's “core values” such as the right to vote and the future of immigrants. “There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake,” the outgoing president added.
He also defended the decision to grant clemency to Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning saying justice has been served. “I feel very comfortable that justice has been served,” Obama said of the decision on Wednesday, which has been condemned by Republican leaders. The president also wondered that he couldn't see a contradiction in his administration's approach towards Manning and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is being investigated by the US Department of Justice.
Obama expressed confidence on the future of the country. “I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad...if we work hard, and if we are true to those things in us that feel true and feel right...I think we’re going to be okay." He will be stepping down from office on Friday and be succeeded by Republican Donald Trump.
The outgoing president's comments came in the wake of president-elect Trump's condemning of a CNN reporter "for fake news" last week. The Republican's election campaign was full of demagoguery against press accusing allegiance towards his failed opponent Hillary Clinton.