Barack Obama


Will defend ‘interests’ in South China Sea: US

Washington: The White House warned China it will “defend” US and international “interests” in the South China Sea and that trade must be a “two-way street.” Signaling Donald Trump’s tough stance against Beijing on Monday, spokesman Sean Spicer said “the US is going to make sure we protect our interests” in the South China Sea. “If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country.” China lays claim to aRead More

President Obama dials Delhi, thanks Modi for strengthening Indo-US ties

Washington: Outgoing US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for his partnership that enhanced the relations between India and America, the White House has said. Obama spoke on the phone with Modi on Wednesday to thank him for “his partnership” and to review joint efforts of cooperation including defence, civil-nuclear energy, and enhanced people-to-people ties, a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders said. “Recalling his visit as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the PrimeRead More

Obama ends policy for Cuban migrants who arrive illegally

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday ended a decades-old policy that allowed Cuban migrants who arrived illegally on US soil to stay. In one of his final acts before leaving the White House, he scrapped rules allowing those fleeing communist Cuba and reaching American territory a fast track to permanent resident status. Mr Obama said the move would “bring greater consistency to our immigration policy.” “Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal,Read More

‘Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear: Obama

Chicago: Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation’s future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defence on Tuesday night of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership. Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the trials and triumphs, promises kept and promises broken that made up his eight years in the White House. Arguing his faith in America had been confirmed, Obama said he ends his tenure inspired by America’s “boundless capacity”Read More

Barack Obama says he and ‘gregarious’ Trump opposites

Washington: In rare praise for Donald Trump, US President Barack Obama said the President-elect is “very engaging and gregarious” and not lacking in confidence but acknowledged that they were “opposites in some ways”. “He is somebody who I think is very engaging and gregarious. I have enjoyed the conversations that we have had. He is somebody who I think is not lacking in confidence,” Mr Obama said, adding, “You have to have enough craziness to think that you can do the job. I think that he has not spent aRead More

Deploying US troops in Afghanistan toughest decision, says Obama

Washington:  What was US President Barack Obama’s hardest decision during his two terms in office? A massive troop surge in Afghanistan, he said in an interview on Sunday. “Toughest decision was early in my presidency when I ordered 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan,” said Obama, who leaves office in less than two weeks, told ABC’s “This Week.” After a protracted debate inside the administration that pitted US military commanders against White House advisers, Obama announced the 30,000-troop “surge” in December 2009. The decision would bring the US contingent in AfghanistanRead More

US VP Joe Biden tells Trump to ‘grow up’

Washington: US Vice-President Joe Biden has a blunt suggestion for President-elect Donald Trump: It is time to “grow up.” Asked about a few of Trump’s controversial remarks and tweets since winning the November election, Biden had some intemperate comments of his own. “Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you’re president,” he told television station PBS in an interview broadcast Thursday. “Time to do something. Show us what you have.” Trump earlier on Thursday described America’s leading congressional Democrat as the “head clown.” Biden has indicated heRead More

UN passes resolution on ending Israeli settlements

United Nations: The United States on Friday allowed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, defying heavy pressure from long-time ally Israel and President-elect Donald Trump for Washington to wield its veto. A US abstention paved the way for the 15-member council to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favor, prompting applause in the council chamber. The action by President Barack Obama’s administration follows growing US frustration over the unrelenting construction of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians want for a futureRead More

US will retaliate against Russian hacking: Obama

Washington: Barack Obama on Thursday said the United States would retaliate against Russian hacking after the White House accused Vladimir Putin of direct involvement in cyberattacks designed to influence the US election. The outgoing US president’s remarks dramatically upped the stakes in a dispute between the world’s leading nuclear powers over interference that may have swayed last month’s tight election in which Republican billionaire Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections thatRead More

Trump’s temper won’t serve him well: Obama

Washington/Brussels: Expressing concerns over a “whole bunch of issues” about his successor Donald Trump, outgoing US President Barack Obama has said the President-elect will soon realise that certain elements of his temperament would not serve him well unless he corrects them. “I think what will happen with the President-elect is there are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well unless he recognises them and corrects them,” Mr Obama, 55, said. “Because when you’re a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate orRead More