Source: News Bharati English21 Nov 2016 14:15:22
Peru, November 21: President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima.He advised the world to "take a wait and see approach" for what a Donald Trump presidency may mean in terms of policy. Obama and Putin also spoke about lowering the violence in Syria and ending the Ukraine conflict.
"If there's specifics that have less to do with some proposal or battle but goes to the core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it's necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideal then I'll examine it when it comes," Obama said on Trump presidency. Obama said he would speak out if core US “values and ideals” were threatened by the Trump Presidency.
“I can't be sure of anything,” Obama said of Trump’s approach. But the presidency has a way of shaping your thinking and in some cases modifying your thinking because you recognize the solemn responsibility not only to the American people but the solemn responsibility America has as the most powerful country in the world," he added.
Obama also met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and assured that he would do everything to ensure a strengthening bond and maintain consistency throughout in their relationship with the Trump administration.
President Obama also spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praising him for his leadership on climate change, refugees and humanitarian issues. He says the relationship bonds between U.S and Canada have been constant throughout Republican and Democratic administrations.
Obama argued it's time for the U.S. to reaffirm its support for the (Trans-Pacific Partnership) TPP trade deal. He said other world leaders at the summit made clear they want to move ahead with the agreement, and without the U.S. it will be a weaker deal. The U.S. would lose an opportunity to shape the rules of global trade "in a way that reflects our values," Obama said.
After a while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined the summit where Obama expressed his gratitude for years of successful cooperation that strengthened the alliance between the two countries.
“I think it will be important for everybody around the world to not make immediate judgments, but give this new president-elect a chance to put their team together, to examine the issues, to determine what their policies will be,” Obama said in response to a question about Trump Presidency.
Obama spent the majority of his trip answering questions on what a Trump presidency will mean for international allies including America's influence globally. Obama concluded his last foreign summit by reassuring other countries about Trump's presidency and strengthening the relationship ties between other countries giving hope for peaceful development.