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Obama gives final address before leaving office this week

President Barack Obama held his final press conference on Wednesday afternoon. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in to office on Friday.

According to press secretary Josh Earnest, Obama “wants to bid a farewell to the White House press corps” and “show them the respect they’ve earned.” His press conference comes one week after his moving farewell address in Chicago where he made a plea for unity amongst the divided political stances in the United States. The address also follows his controversial decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence, a decision he addresses during the conference.

One week ago, President-elect Trump gave his first press conference in 167 days, having last conducted one in July 2016 and using the platform to directly address alleged reports of his deep ties with Russia, as reported by Buzzfeed

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