Obama ‘may com­ment as cit­i­zen’ on Trump pres­i­dency

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US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has said he may speak out af­ter leav­ing of­fice if he feels his suc­ces­sor Don­ald Trump is threat­en­ing core Amer­i­can values.

By con­ven­tion, for­mer pres­i­dents tend to leave the po­lit­i­cal fray and avoid com­ment­ing on their suc­ces­sors.

Obama said he would give Trump time to out­line his vi­sion but added that, as a pri­vate cit­i­zen, he might speak out on cer­tain is­sues. Trump spent the week- end interviewing can­di­dates for top jobs in his Cab­i­net.

“I want to be re­spect­ful of the of­fice and give the Pres­i­dent-elect an op­por­tu­nity to put for­ward his plat­form and his ar­gu­ments with­out some­body pop­ping off,” Obama said at a fo­rum in Lima, Peru.

But, he added, if an is­sue “goes to core ques­tions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s nec­es­sary or help­ful for me to de­fend those ideals, then I’ll ex­am­ine it when it comes”.

The Pres­i­dent de­scribed him­self as an “Amer­i­can cit­i­zen who cares deeply about our coun­try”. Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence to mark the end of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit, Obama said he would ex­tend to Trump’s in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion the same pro­fes­sional cour­tesy shown to him by his pre­de­ces­sor Ge­orge W Bush.

REUTERS

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at the con­clu­sion of the Apec Sum­mit in Lima, Peru, on Sun­day/

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