Obama promises to give Trump space in his final address

The U.S. President held speech at McCormick Place, Chicago

08:08, 11 January 2017

Daily Mail

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.

He implored his backers to be vigilant in protecting basic American values he warned could come under siege.
"Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are," Obama told people  in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his election in 2008 as the first black president of the United States.

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.
Earlier it was reported that Obama will deliver goodbye speech in Chicago.
The U.S. leader is to speak at McCormick Place at 9 p.m. Tuesday.