Just two days before Donald Trump is sworn in as President, President Barack Obama held his final press conference on January 18 at 2:15 p.m.. You can watch the press conference above. During it, he sent his thoughts and prayers to the Bush family after news that both George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush are in the hospital. He also discussed commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence.
The press conference comes a month after Obama’s final year-end press conference on December 16. That one ran over an hour and featured several questions about Russia’s role in the U.S. election. Questions about Russia will likely be the focal point again.
During the December press conference, Obama backed intelligence that showed Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the election. However, he would not firmly say if Hillary Clinton lost because of the hacking.
“I’m going to let all the political pundits in this town have a long discussion about what happened in the election,” Obama said in December. “It was a fascinating election, so I’m sure there will be a lot of books written about it. I’ve said what I think is important for the Democratic Party going forward rather than trying to parse every aspect of the election. And I’ve said before I couldn’t be prouder of Secretary Clinton, her outstanding service, I think she’s worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election, I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”
Obama also asked about his final list of pardons. He made the controversial decision to commute Chelsea Manning‘s and Oscar Lopez Rivera‘s sentences.