Mark Lutchman for Liberty Writers reports, Sunday in a press conference in Lima, Peru, President Barack Obama said he won’t following former President George W. Bush’s lead to not publicly criticize his successor in office.
LIMA, Peru – President Barack Obama stated Sunday he does not plan to become his successor’s persistent critic – but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies go against particular “values or ideals.”
Providing a unique glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama indicated once he was out of office he would support the tradition of ex-presidents stepping away quietly to permit their successors space to govern. He placed praise on ex – President George W. Bush, stating he “could not have been more gracious to me when I came in” and stated he desired to give Trump the same opportunity to carry on with his goal “without somebody popping off” at every turn.
But Obama indicated there may be limitations to his silence.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle or go to core questions about our values and ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes,” Obama said to reporters.
Obama, who has regularly lauded Bush for the way he’s managed his ex-presidency, confronts a quandary about how to handle his own. Though he’s promised to make sure a smooth handover of power, Obama is acutely aware he’s being exchanged by a new president who holds antithetical views on problem after problem.
The president spoke out strongly throughout the campaign in opposition to Trump’s calls for banning Muslim immigrants, deporting millions of folks residing in the U.S. illegally, repealing “Obamacare,” and eliminating the Paris climate deal, to identify a few. Those policy plans and others like them have stoked concern for many Americans who are at odds with Trump and are wanting vehement resistance from Obama and other Democrats may stop Trump from applying them.
Though Obama did not indicate what may activate him to break silence, he left himself a wide window of possibilities. His comments indicated he’d be most likely to weigh in if Trump dishonored basic principles Obama has attempted to uphold, such as minority rights, equal protection and respect for civilian life. Obama has long cautioned that Trump may impulsively utilize nuclear weapons, and has cast a dim perspective on concepts like a Muslim registry, which Trump’s incoming chief of staff rejected on Sunday to rule out.
Yet Obama advised that while he may not often hold his tongue, his goal was not to spend his time publicly disparaging his substitute.
“My intention is to, certainly for the next 2 months, just finish my job,” Obama said. “And then after that, to take Michelle on vacation, get some rest, spend time with my girls, and do some writing, do some thinking.”
Bush, like numerous ex-presidents, firmly averted opining on politics during Obama’s eight years. Former President Bill Clinton, after departing office, concentrated his focus on global humanitarian problems, specifically as his wife entering politics. Ex – President Jimmy Carter was more expressive in his opinions in his post-White House years, from time to time stirring up condemnation with comments critical of Israel.
Obama’s statements at a news conference in Lima provided some of his most distinct clues to date of how he believes Democrats and Trump oppositions should manage the next four years. Inquired whether Democrats in the Senate should adhere to Republicans’ model of refusing to even think about a Supreme Court nominee, Obama stated they should not.
“You give them a hearing,” stated Obama, whose own Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, has lingered for more than half a year because of the GOP’s insistence that no Obama nominee be regarded. Obama stated he definitely did not want Democrats to embrace that strategy spearheaded this year by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“That’s not why the American people send us to Washington, to play those games,” Obama stated.
He rejected to weigh in clearly on whether House Democrats should adhere with Rep. Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, reasoning it was inappropriate to meddle in the vote. But he stated of the California Democrat, who confronts a obstacle for the leadership post: “I cannot speak highly enough of Nancy Pelosi.”
Obama’s feedback came as he finished his final world tour as president. For Obama, it was the last time he’d take inquiries on foreign soil, a staple of his overseas trips that his administration has observed as an important sign of America’s dedication to a strenuous free press.
On his last day in Peru, Obama spoke quickly with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Ukraine and the Syria problems, though Obama stated the U.S. accusation that Moscow attempted to impact the U.S. election did not come up. The four-minute talk, probably their last face-to-face conversation, came amid extreme rumors about whether Trump’s election may herald a more conciliatory strategy to Russia
Putin, speaking later in Lima, stated he and Obama had a challenging working relationship but “always respected each other’s positions – and each other.” He stated he’d thanked Obama and informed him he’d be welcome in Russia “at any time.”
Questions about Trump trailed Obama all through his final overseas trip, as nervous world leaders quizzed him on Trump’s stances on trade, foreign policy and the NATO alliance. Obama searched to reassure the leaders of Australia, Canada and various other U.S. allies their longstanding connections with America would not fail under Trump.
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