A member of the US Army honour guard lies on the floor after passing out during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Tribute to US President Barack Obama at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia.
A member of the US Army honour guard lies on the floor after passing out during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Tribute to US President Barack Obama at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia. SHAWN THEW

Obama fires a salvo at Trump

HE MAY have been at a military base, but his target was President-elect Donald Trump.

President Barack Obama solemnly urged the US military and the country yesterday never to abandon its "core principles” in fighting the nation's wars.

At a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, much of his message was directed at Mr Trump, who during his election campaign supported torture and killing the families of terrorists, in violation of the international laws of war.

The president thanked the military and stressed the need for the country and its fighting forces to maintain high standards, respect the rule of law and do everything in their power to prevent civilian casualties."We cannot sacrifice the very freedoms we are fighting for,” he said.

On becoming president, Mr Obama moved to end "enhanced interrogation techniques,” such as waterboarding, that the Bush administration used and were viewed as torture.



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