Friday, December 16, 2016

Obama Likely to Address Russian Cyberattack at Year-end News Conference

President Barack Obama is facing questions about allegations of a Russian cyberattack related to the U.S. election and the continuing violence and upheaval in Syria during his year-end news conference – and the final one of his presidency — Friday at the White House.

Obama began the news conference by reviewing his administration’s successes and failures of the past eight years. He then begins calling on individual reporters takes questions on a wide range of topics.

Shortly after the afternoon discussion, he and his family will leave for Hawaii, where they vacation for the holidays.

Obama began the news conference by saying this one was special in that he would be reviewing efforts over the past eight years as well. It will be the president’s final year-end news conference — he leaves office on January 20.

He highlighted low unemployment numbers, millions who now have health care coverage, restoring relations with Cuba, and getting nearly 200 nations to sign on to a climate agreement as advances during his two terms as U.S. president.

“By so many measures, our country is better now than when we started,” Obama said.

But he also mentioned struggles, saying the civil war in Syria is “one of the hardest issues I’ve faced.”

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