In his first post-election news conference, President Barack Obama spoke about President-elect Donald Trump but was temperate in his language and did not criticize the incoming POTUS. He ended the presser on a somber note, in tribute to journalist Gwen Ifill, who died on Monday.

Michelle and I want to offer our deepest condolences to Gwen Ifill’s family and all of you, her colleagues, on her passing,” he began.

Gwen was a friend of ours, she was an extraordinatry journalist. She always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of her profession, asking tough questions, holding people in power accountable. And defending a strong and free press that makes our democracy work,” the president continued. “I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of her tough and thorough interviews.”

The president went on to call Ifill an especially powerful role model for young women and girls and said she did her country a great service.

See President Obama’s remarks below:

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