Judy woodruff: good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff. On the NewsHour tonight: BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: Commuting her sentence was entirely appropriate. JUDY WOODRUFF: In his final news conference, President Obama addresses the controversial decision to release Chelsea Manning and his role in a new era of politics.
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Judy woodruff: all that and more on tonight’s pbs newshour. (BREAK) JUDY WOODRUFF: He has given his final major speech, and now President Obama has also held his final news conference. He spent an hour before the White House press corps today, two days before his presidency ends.
John yang was there. JOHN YANG: In his 22nd and final time facing reporters in the White House Briefing Room, President Obama today defended his decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking U.S. military and diplomatic secrets. BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence.
So, the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served. JOHN YANG: Most of the news conference was spent looking ahead to the fate of his own accomplishments after presidentelect Trump takes office. BARACK OBAMA: My working assumption is that, having won an election, opposed a number of.
My initiatives and some aspects of my vision for where the country needs to go, it’s appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values. And I don’t expect that there’s going to be, you know, enormous overlap. JOHN YANG: He also shed light on the counsel he’s offered Mr. Trump. BARACK OBAMA: This is a job of such magnitude, that you can’t do it by yourself. You are enormously reliant on a team, your Cabinet, your senior White House staff, all.
The way to fairly junior folks in their 20s and 30s, but who are executing on significant responsibilities. That’s probably the most useful advice and most constructive advice that I have been able to give him. JOHN YANG: He said he hoped he could take a pause from politics, but made clear he will speak out when he feels compelled to.
Barack obama: certain moments where i think our core values may be at stake. I put in that category if I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion. Efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and, for all practical purposes, are American kids, and send them someplace else, I think, would be something that would merit me speaking out. JOHN YANG: And he weighed in one last time on an issue that has dogged presidents for.