President Obama reflects on his legacy as 2nd term comes to an end

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the president addressed the election of his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, and Russia's alleged role in it following a newly declassified report that shed further light onto Vladimir Putin's involvement in ordering hacks.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the president addressed the election of his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, and Russia's alleged role in it following a newly declassified report that shed further light onto Vladimir Putin's involvement in ordering hacks. (1/8/17)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As his eight years in office come to an end, President Barack Obama sat down to reflect on what he says he's accomplished, while looking ahead at his hopes for the future of the United States.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the president addressed the election of his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, and Russia's alleged role in it following a newly declassified report that shed further light onto Vladimir Putin's involvement in ordering hacks.

"I think the report is very clear," President Obama said. "Number one, the Russians sought to interfere with the election process. That the cyber-hacking that took place by the Russians was part of that campaign. And that they had a clear preference in terms of outcomes."

Obama offered some suggestions as to how the new administration and the Republican-controlled Congress should approach policies on health care and energy.

"My hope is that the president-elect, members of Congress from both parties, look at where have we objectively made progress, where things are working better," he said. "Don't undo things just because I did them. I don't have pride of authorship."

The president also spoke out about what his party must do to make up for the losses they endured in 2016.  

"We did not begin what I think needs to happen over the long haul, and that is rebuild the Democratic party from the ground level," he said.

President Obama also discussed the most difficult decision he had to make during his time in office, which he says was ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2009.

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