President Barack Obama is currently holding his final press conference, and the main topics are the election and Donald Trump. Under fire for mishandling the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which many believe caused Hillary Clinton to lose the election, the president attempted to fight back by saying that he told the president of Russia to “cut it off.” During the fall, when Obama and Vladimir Putin met at the G20 summit they did more than gave each other death stares they also spoke about the hacking.
Whatever Obama told Vladimir Putin did not work, and he did not listen. The foreign nation continued to meddle in the US election directly and via the massive document leaks through Wikileaks. During the press conference, Obama finally explained why he was using gloves with Putin.
It was not out of fear, oh no, Obama said as the president of the United States he wanted to remain neutral and show that he was not siding with one party.
While Trump was leaking his opponent’s phone number, calling out reporters by name, telling his supporters to beat up hecklers, hiding his tax returns, Obama was playing by the rules and being diplomatic. He said: “I wanted to make sure that everyone knew we were trying to play everything straight. We weren’t taking one side or the other. That’s exactly how we should have handled it. Imagine if we had done the opposite. It would have become just one more political scrum.”
Obama confirmed the reports published by the intelligence community that surfaced last week, which said Russia was interfering in the 2016 race to help Trump. He stated that he had seen a full range of evidence that it was Russia behind the hacking.
During the long press conference, other issues popped up such as Syria and he refused to be held accountable for Aleppo, and he also talked about turning the economy around. Obama shared: “By so many measures, the country is stronger and more prosperous. It is a situation that I am proud to leave for my successor and the American people.”
Obama declined to say if the hacking cost Clinton the White House. Moreover, he slammed the rumors that his staff is feuding with Trump’s transition team. The soon-to-be former president also lashed out at the media for treating Clinton unfairly.