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Obama Warns Trump He Will "Speak Out"

| by Jordan Smith

President Barack Obama has warned President-elect Donald Trump that he will "speak out" if the new administration challenges certain "core values."

Obama was addressing his last scheduled media conference ahead of Trump's inauguration Jan. 20, Daily Mail reported.

He referred to a number of "core values that may be at stake" under Trump.

"If I saw systematic discrimination [is] being ratified in some fashion. I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise," Obama added, according to the Mail.

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"I put in that category institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press," he said.

The President moved on to take issue with Trump's immigration plans.

"And for me, at least, I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else, when they love this country, they are our kids' friends and their classmates and are now entering into community colleges or in some cases serving in our military," the President added.

"The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids, when they didn't do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out," said Obama.

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Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that 2.7 million immigrants were deported by the Obama administration between 2009 and 2015, according to WION.

Trump has committed to deporting those who have arrived in the US illegally or overstayed their visa, a policy that would be a shift from the current strategy of focusing on security threats and threats to public safety.

"It's a plan that's going to be very firm, but it's going to be a lot of heart. And we're going to be looking into that situation," Trump said of his immigration policy, according to the Mail.

Obama also praised the work of the media.

"You're not supposed to be fans, you're supposed to be skeptics, you're supposed to ask me tough questions. You're not supposed to be complimentary, but you're supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that," Obama said.

This was seen as a rebuke to Trump, who has blocked reporters from attending his rallies. His team is also considering plans to remove the press from the White House and conduct briefings in another facility, the Mail reported.

Sources: Daily Mail, WION/ photo credit: White House/Wikimedia Commons

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