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Obama warns against ‘darker forces’ of isolationism

President Obama said Wednesday that a global move toward isolationism illustrated by the election of Donald Trump cannot succeed in an increasingly connected world.

In his last major address on the world stage, Mr. Obama told an audience in Athens, Greece, that inequality is causing voters in many countries to retreat from greater economic integration.

“If people feel they are losing control of their future, they will push back,” Mr. Obama said. “We have seen it here in Greece, we’ve seen it across Europe, we’ve seen it in the United States. We saw it in the vote for Britain to leave the [European Union].”

While not directly criticizing Mr. Trump, the president warned about the dangers of “nationalism,” and said the solution is to build more inclusive societies.

“When people have opportunity and they feel confidence in the future, they are less likely to turn on each other and they’re less likely to appeal to some of the darker forces that exist in all our societies, those that can tear us apart,” Mr. Obama said.

Addressing concerns in Europe about Mr. Trump’s election, the president acknowledged, “As you may have noticed, the next American president and I could not be more different.”

“We have very different points of view,” Mr. Obama said. “But American democracy is bigger than any one person. In the coming weeks, my administration will do everything we can to support the smoothest transition possible, because that’s how democracy has to work.”

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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