Transcript for President Obama Hopes President-Elect Trump Will 'Stand Up' to Russia if Necessary
Would respect to Russia. Admiring principal. Approach to Russia has been constant since I first came in office finding her is where we can cooperate. Would Russia. Where are our values and interests align. But that the president elect also was warned to stand up to Russia where. They are deviated. From our values and international norms. And I don't expect that the president elect will follow exactly. Our blueprint or approach. But my hope is is spirit. He does not. Simply take a real politics approach and suggest that. You know we just cuts and who else would rusher. Even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable. Or creates long term problems. In. Regions like Syria that we just do what it was convenient at the time. And and that will be something that. Think won't learn more about. As the president elect puts his team to go do not take for granted. All right. Systems of government and our way of life. I think there is a tendency because we have lived in an era. That has been. Largely stable and peaceful at least in advanced countries. Where. Living standards have generally gone up. There is a tendency. I think assume that aren't always the case. And that's not. Democracy is hard work. In the United States at 43% of eligible voters do not vote. He then. Democracy is weak it. Your. We are not serious about. Facts. And to. What's true and what's not. And particularly image of social media were so many people are getting. Their information and sound bites and snippets offer films. It if we can't discriminate. Between. Serious arguments and propaganda. Then we have problems. The if people whether there are conservative or liberal left or right. Are unwilling to compromise and engage in the democratic process. And are taking absolutist views. And demonizing opponents. Then democracy rubric that worked. Many work in. Generating enthusiasm or. Passion. During elections. May be different than what will work in terms of unify the country. And gaining the trust even of those who did support. And Hughes indicated. His willingness. Two in his in his. Understanding of that but you're actually right could that has to reflect itself not only who thinks he says but also how he fills out as an administration. And my hope this is that that's something that he is thinking about. Because. Not only. Is the president of the United States somebody. That. The entire country looks to. For direction. But. Sets the agenda internationally. In a lot of what's what makes me. Cautiously optimistic. About. My successor and the shift from campaign mode to governance. Is. There is. Something about this 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. That demands. Seriousness. And if your not serious about the job. Then. You probably won't be there ever will.
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