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Barack Obama urges patience with Donald Trump in final speech as US President at international event.

Outgoing US president Barack Obama has attended his final media conference at an international event, praising his administration over the past eight years and urging a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump‘s tenure.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Econmoic Co-operation in Lima, Peru, Mr Obama fielded questions about his own presidency, President-elect Trump and the future of the Democratic party.

Quizzed on some of Mr Trump’s more controversial campaign promises, Mr Obama insisted the Republican victor would be forced to reassess once the weight of the role became apparent to him.

“I can’t guarantee that the president-elect won’t pursue some of the positions that he’s taken,” Mr Obama said.

“But what I can guarantee is that reality will force him to adjust how he approaches many of these issues. That’s the way this office works.

“I’ve said before, if these issues were easy — if ensuring prosperity, jobs, security, good foreign relations with other countries — if all that was simple, then it would have been done. By every previous president.”

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