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BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint press conference at the Chancellery on November 17, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. President Obama is on his last trip to Europe and is scheduled to hold talks with Chancellor Merkel as well as French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Berlin tomorrow. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 17: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint press conference at the Chancellery on November 17, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. President Obama is on his last trip to Europe and is scheduled to hold talks with Chancellor Merkel as well as French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Berlin tomorrow.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday in Berlin said he hope that his successor, Donald Trump, would not make deals with Russia for the sake of political convenience.

He said “Trump should not take realpolitik approach and just cut some deals with Russia even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms or leaves smaller countries vulnerable.

“He should not do whatever is convenient at the time,” Obama said at a press conference with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin.

“I’ve sought a constructive relationship with Russia but what I have also been is realistic in recognising there are some significant differences in how Russia views the world and how we view the world.

My hope is that the president-elect coming in takes a similarly constructive approach, finding areas where we can cooperate with Russia where our values and interest align. But that the president-elect also is willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms,” Obama added.

Asked about Trump’s behaviour during the week following the election, Obama said the role itself would make him a fit president.

“What makes me cautiously optimistic about my successor and the shift from campaign to governance is there is something about the solemn responsibilities of that office, the extraordinary demands that are placed on the United States not just by its own people but by people around the world, that forces you to focus,” Obama said.

“That demands seriousness. And if you’re not serious about the job, then you probably won’t be there very long,” he added.

Photo Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

20 Comments

  1. Marlvina

    November 17, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Trump thinks Putin is his friend. He would be shocked at what Putin can do. Putin has no friends! It’s all politics and gaining strongholds. Russia aims to gain No.1 military power from U.S

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      ?????

    • Damilola

      November 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      So true. I admire Putin and how he plays his game, master chess player. It will be very fun to watch the dynamic. I believe Trump will eventually be impeached. Before then, let’s see what he has up his sleeve.

      P,S BN has gone downhill. The topics to the commenters, it’s longer thought provoking and interesting.

    • EE

      November 18, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Irony being that you’re a commenter. Be the light in the darkness.

    • Damilola

      November 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      @EE
      There’s no irony here, learn to use words in the right context. I’m referring to certain commenters(don’t remember their usernames specifically) who made the comment section thought provoking and interesting. So, I’m not talking about light vs darkness neither am I trying to be either just being myself. The topics were more versatile, unpredictable and the different opinions, responses were actually enlightening and informative.

    • Tosin

      November 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      I’m not curious as to what disastrous Donald might have up … He will never become president.

    • EE

      November 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

      Have you seen their economy? Putin can’t afford to be number 1.

  2. Mo

    November 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Trump is clueless. WH will be another reality show to him.

    • ATL's finest

      November 18, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Lol @ No I’m telling U & to make matters worse, he’s got a first lady that is double clueless. They r about to make white house a FAM affair/show biz. I won’t be surprise if Donald Jr, Ivanka & the rest run for presidency in the nearest future. Oh well he better listen to Obama cuz those Russians don’t plaly. They probably got Nuclear mall 🙂

    • RIFF RAFF

      November 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

      I see Ivanka as first lady in a couple of years; Her two brothers are just too robotic. When they got interviewed as a family during the campaign, that woman just blew everyone away; class, poise,eloquent, answered ALL the questions WELL. Ivanka’s husband Jared could run for president….

  3. Sharon

    November 18, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I love putin
    I like anyone who stand up to bullies like America as American government have been to many nations all over the world
    I am glad Americans voted through dumbest mutherfcker they could find. They are done for good. Its about time another nation rose. Please lord let this orange son of a bitch rule the ignorant goals for 8yrs or more.

    The chicken came home to roost

  4. Dams

    November 18, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Trump’s victory was simply America’s reaction to Obama’s presidency.
    As such Obama is in no position to give out advice to the president-elect without at least giving him some time to settle in.

    Unless this is just an attempt to save face after the rejection of his party’s agenda.

    • Mannie

      November 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Exactly! He talks a though the US-Russia relationship is a positive one when in reality, it isn’t. Obama has been throwing subtle jabs at Trump since his election, which I find disrespectful. His narcissistic behaviour seems to know no bounds.

      In his administration, the Democratic Party 900 seats (from congress to county level), so He seriously needs to put a positive spin on his tenure. I wouldn’t mind watching him on Jimmy Fallon though, as he’s such a funny lad.

    • Mannie

      November 18, 2016 at 7:21 am

      The Democratic Party lost 900 seats

  5. Bowl

    November 18, 2016 at 7:10 am

    And you all think Trump is that dumb.You have a load of shock coming!

    • Don the con

      November 18, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Yes, he is CLUELESS. Go and write it down. He will be stunned when he finally knows what presidency entails. Na here we go dey lol. Well he got Eric, Don the con Jr, sweet baby girl ivanka and her hubby. Unfortunately Melania can not help him lol.

    • Celeste

      November 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      He is clueless, but he is the billionaire and you are not. He is the president-elect and Hillary is not. So who is the real clueless here? YOU!

  6. Ifeanyi

    November 18, 2016 at 8:50 am

    This Obama and “established politicians” just dont get it…People dont want to be told what to do! They actually detest it…from Trump to Brexit, people are craving to be listened to, show empathy and from that point, we can then talk as “equals” with mutual respect for each other…

    But Alas….Established Politicians dont want to hear this! Just read the Headline…”President Obama warns Trump against cutting ‘convenient’ deals with Russia..” It is this attitude that gave birth to Trump presidency. For God sake, this man went against His Own Party. You actually think He would listern to you because you came to Europe to show subtle Jabs. Wrong oBAMA

    You have Done your Bit. You campaigned for Hillary and Lost.
    Take your Last Bow and Go…dont go talking rubbish like “Donald” is a boy that listens to you…He is a Man in His right and he is the next President of America.

    What you need to do first is to listern to Him and advice Him in Private. All these subtle Jabs in Public wont work with Trump. He would go against you and He would proove you wrong!

    He is a Contrarian – a person who takes up a contrary position, especially a position that is opposed to that of the majority, regardless of how unpopular it may be

    • Mannie

      November 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

      As a case in point, 2 days before the US elections, Russia deplored 450k troops to its borders, in response, NATO sent in 350k troops. After the elections, both sides backed down. If Hillary had been elected, there is little doubt that the USA would have been in an- even more- precarious situation with Russia as we speak
      People voiced their fears, but nobody listened. So they took matters to their hands. Italy is having a major constitutional referendum next month that has the potential to reshape the devolution of powers; it’ll be interesting to see what happens there.

    • EE

      November 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      450k? 350k??? Dude those are cold war numbers. Russia has 800k (+-) total!!

      Unless the MSM is actively hiding things, I think you numbers are a tad high by a few zeroes.

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