Obama holds final presidential press conference

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 14:06:03-05

Barack Obama will hold his final press conference as president this afternoon.

The press conference comes as he prepares to hand the reins to Donald Trump on Friday. The outgoing president will likely face questions about granting a commutation to Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who was convicted of Espionage Act violations and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

The outgoing president is set to welcome Trump and his family to the White House on Friday before the inauguration. After the ceremony, the Barack and Michelle Obama will fly to Palm Springs, California, for a vacation. They will then return to Washington, where they are renting a house until their younger daughter, Sasha, completes high school.

Watch the press conference live: