Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Obama Defends Political Legacies, Repudiates Trump’s Policies

Obama Defends Political Legacies,  Repudiates Trump’s Policies

BEIJING/CHICAGO - In an emotional farewell speech on Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama defended his political legacies and repudiated some policies of President-elect Donald Trump.
In the hour-long speech in his hometown of Chicago, Obama mentioned the health care overhaul, the Paris agreement on climate change, financial stability after the 2008 crisis and the nuclear deal with Iran as his key legacies over the past eight years.
During his tenure, the Obama administration succeeded in the expansion of health care, the normalization of relations with Cuba, economic recovery and job growth and the achievement of marriage equality among others.
However, his successor, who takes office on Jan. 20, holds different, even opposite, political views on many of Obama's policies. Trump has proposed banning Muslims from entering the country, building a wall on the border with Mexico, upending a global deal to fight climate change and dismantling Obama's health care reform.
In the speech, Obama said: "Anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we've made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I will publicly support it."
These remarks apparently targeted Trump, who has urged Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the law.
Obama said he rejects discrimination against Muslim Americans, saying: "If we're going to be serious about race going forward, we need to uphold laws against discrimination -- in hiring, and in housing, and in education, and in the criminal justice system." (Xinhua)