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Obama Begins Farewell Calls to Allies

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has commenced farewell phone calls to world leaders who are U.S. allies during his eight-year presidency. The White House said on Wednesday, in New York that Obama made farewell telephone calls to President François Hollande of France and Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand.

In readout of Obama’s call to Hollande, the White House said that the U.S. leader thanked his French counterpart for his support to him during his presidency. “President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France, to offer his appreciation for their close partnership since President Hollande took office in 2012. “

President Obama thanked President Hollande for his leadership and expressed his appreciation for France’s steady contributions to the strength and unity of the trans-Atlantic alliance.”

Similarly, the readout of Obama’s call to the New Zealand leader said the U.S. president thanked him for their close friendship and partnership during his two-term presidency.

Already, the President elect, Donald Trump is gearing up to receive the office from President Barack Obama.  As the president-elect kept working to round out his closest advisors and leaders of the 15 executive departments, a handful of key positions remained unfilled with less than 45 days until Inauguration Day.

Among his numerous Appointees is a Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, who is on Trump’s Economic team. Mr Ogunles is Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners. His board will be part of a group of business leaders to frequently advise the President on economic matters.


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