Obama to host Chicago roundtable Wednesday

Obama to host Chicago roundtable Wednesday

Former President Obama will host a roundtable discussion in Chicago on Wednesday, according to the Obama Foundation.

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAmanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media MORE and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) — the president's former chief of staff — will also participate in the event at the South Shore Cultural Center, a statement Monday said.

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The roundtable will also let community members share their ideas for Obama’s planned presidential library hosted by the University of Chicago.

Obama last week made his first public remarks since leaving the White House at the future site of the library.

The former president did not mention President Trump or offer political commentary during his appearance at the University of Chicago.

“There’s a reason why I am always optimistic, even when things look like they are sometimes not going the way I want,” he said at a roundtable about youth participation in civic life. “And that’s because of young people like this.”

Trump said Sunday that he has not spoken to Obama since Inauguration Day in January.

“Since I took office, no,” he told The Washington Times. “It’s too bad, but I’m not totally surprised. I’m disappointed when I look at the surveillance, I’m very disappointed when I saw that.”

Trump appeared to be referencing his claim earlier this year that Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential race.

The president said in a separate interview released Monday that his accusations against Obama have been “proven very strongly.”

“You can take it the way you want,” he told CBS News. “I think our side’s been proven very strongly."