Obama speaks in Chicago, avoids criticism of Trump

Former US President Barack Obama reappears in public for the first time since Donald Trump’s grip to power.

Trump’s predecessor took part in a Monday roundtable discussion with the youth people at the University of Chicago, where he avoided any political commentary or criticism of the new president.

He started by jokingly asking, “What’s been going on while I’ve been gone?”

The former US commander in chief vowed to help “knock down some of the barriers discouraging young people from a life of service,” further outlining challenges facing the nation, including climate change, criminal justice reform and economic inequality.

“All these problems are serious, they are daunting, but they are not insoluble,” he said. “What is preventing us from tackling them and making more progress really has to do with our politics and our civic life.”

The Democratic politician further voiced optimism about the American youth in the wake of Trump’s…

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