Obama promises to give Trump space in his final address
The U.S. President held speech at McCormick Place, Chicago
Barack Obama delivered his goodbye speech as the U.S. president on Tuesday night, January 10. The solemn event took place at 9 p.m (5 a.m. Kyiv time). In his address he urged Americans to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, Reuters reports.
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country, building a wall on the border with Mexico, upending a global deal to fight climate change and dismantling Obama's healthcare reform law.
Obama made clear his opposition to those positions during fiery campaign speeches for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but has struck a more conciliatory tone with Trump since the election.The president has indicated he wants to give Trump the same space that his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, gave Obama after leaving office by not maintaining a high public profile.
The U.S. leader is to speak at McCormick Place at 9 p.m. Tuesday.