Obama Will Give Last News Conference Wednesday

By Susan Jones | January 16, 2017 | 12:05pm EST
President Obama's spokesman outlines the final schedule for the Obama presidency. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama is welcoming the Chicago Cubs, the 2016 World Series champions, to the White House on Monday. He also plans to join a service project to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday.

"On Tuesday, the president will attend meetings at the White House," Earnest said. "On Wednesday, the president of the United States will host his final news conference as president of the United States here in the briefing room."

Earnest said President Obama will hold his final news conference in the White House briefing room some time in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the president plans to attend meetings at the White House.

And on Friday -- his last day in office -- "President Obama and the first lady will welcome President-Elect Trump and Melania Trump to the White House for tea and a small reception. Then per custom, President Obama and President-Elect Trump will motorcade up to the United States capitol together,” Earnest said.

“The president and first lady will attend the inaugural swearing in and inaugural address of President-Elect Trump and then depart the United States Capitol via helicopter, as other presidents have done in recent years.

“At that point, President Obama and the first lady will proceed to Joint Base Andrews where he will deliver remarks to a group of staff that will be gathered there to bid farewell. Then he and Mrs. Obama will depart Joint Base Andrews on their last flight aboard the presidential aircraft to a destination to be announced."

President Obama has said he promised to take Michelle on vacation when he leaves office.

Earnest said the staffers gathering at Andrews to say farewell include White House staff and "staff from across the administration."

And yes, there will be press coverage of his remarks and the staffers' fond farewells.

Earnest said his own final White House briefing will be on Tuesday. "Bring your hankies," he joked.

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