Obama refuses to comment on Trump inauguration boycott, reveals advice he offered president-elect

In his final press conference as president on Wednesday, Barack Obama declined to comment on the growing list of Democrats who are refusing to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday

FOX News' Kevin Corke asked the 44th president if he supports the dozens of Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to boycott Trump's inauguration.

"With respect to the inauguration, I'm not going to comment on those issues," Obama responded. "All I know is I'm going to be there, so is Michelle."

First lady Michelle Obama seemed to indicate her support for Rep. John Lewis, who is one of the most prominent lawmakers boycotting the inauguration, when she sent a tweet calling him a "great leader" on Monday.

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The president also reiterated that, while Trump "won an election opposed to a number of my initiatives," his main goal is to help support the new president in whatever way he can and to facilitate the "peaceful transfer of power" that is a hallmark of American democracy.

"I have offered my best advice and counsel about certain issues both foreign and domestic," said the president, adding how he emphasized the importance of the people Trump surrounds himself with.

"This is a job of such magnitude that you can't do it by yourself. You are enormously reliant on a team."

Obama added that the "most useful advice" has been on how Trump should form his team. He also advised the public and press to pay attention to what Trump's Cabinet picks are saying in their ongoing confirmation hearings in order to understand the steps Trump will take as president.

"If you find yourself isolated because the process breaks down, or you're only hearing from people that agree with you on everything," Obama continued, "That's when you start making mistakes."

"Reality has a way of biting back if you're not paying attention to it," he added.