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Obama Holds Final Year-End Press Conference


Outgoing President Barack Obama delivered his final end-of-the-year press conference on Dec. 16. During the press conference, he discussed the ongoing war in Syria and the Russian election hack, among other topics.

"Almost every country on earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than it was eight years ago," Obama told the White House Press Corps as he met with them one last time, notes NPR.

But the ongoing matter of the Russian hack was the focus of the conference.

“Based on uniform intelligence assessments, the Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC and that as a consequence, it is important for us to review all elements of that and to make sure that we are preventing that kind of interference from cyber attacks in the future,” the president said, notes CBS News. “My hope is that the president-elect is going to be similarly concerned that we aren’t going to have foreign interference in our election process.”

"Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia, or others, not to do this to us, because we can do stuff to you," he added, notes NPR. "But it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way. Some of it we do publicly, some of it we will do in a way they know, but not everybody will."

Obama also touched on the civil war in Syria, now approaching six years old.

"My first priority has to be, what's the right thing to do for America," he continued, reports CBS News. “I understand the impulse to want to do something. ... It sounded like the right thing to do but it was going to be impossible to do this on the cheap. … I cannot claim that we have been successful.”

According to NPR, Obama also discussed his plans for post-White House life -- a reality approaching in four weeks. "The thing we have to spend the most time on because it's the thing we have the most control over is: How do we make sure we are showing up in places where I think Democratic policies are needed, where they are helping, where they are making a difference."

Sources: CBS News, NPR / Photo credit: White House/Instagram

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