The outgoing president is likely to face questions about Chelsea Manning, whose sentence he commuted on Tuesday. The former U.S. Army soldier who leaked confidential documents to Wiki Leaks will be released from prison in May, 28 years before her sentence was due to run out. After Friday’s inauguration, Obama is scheduled to vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., with First Lady Michelle Obama, ABC News reports. They will then return to Washington, where they will live in a rented house until their younger daughter, Sasha, has completed high school.Watch the live stream of the press conference above.
In Jerusalem Sunday, he will meet Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other senior officials, seeking to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Israel while assuaging Israeli concerns over a renewed nuclear deal.
The 2015 deal, signed by Iran, the U.S.and other world powers, placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. But former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. in 2018, reimposing severe U.S. sanctions that were meant to drive Tehran to negotiate a new deal.
During his term, it never happened, and instead, Iran took its own steps out of the deal enriching more uranium, to higher levels, and with more advanced centrifuges.
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