While attending a Republican event in Pittsburgh on Saturday, GOP Rep. Mike Kelly told supporters that Barack Obama’s decision to remain in Washington, D.C. is to run a shadow government.
Kelly claimed that the former president’s stated motive of staying put so that his daughter, Sasha, could graduate from her high school was a ruse.
He said Obama remains in the nation’s capitol “for one purpose — and one purpose only — to run the shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda.”
The office of Pennsylvania representative walked back the congressman’s comments the next day, putting out a statement saying that Kelly “does not believe that President Obama is personally operating a shadow government.”
It also said that the congressman was “sharing the frustration of everyone in the room over how they believe certain Obama administration holdovers” are actively working to thwart President Trump’s agenda.
The lawmaker’s office further stated that the congressman believes “it would be helpful to the new administration if the former president would personally call for an end to all leaks and obstruction by personnel from his administration who currently serve in the Executive Branch under President Trump.”
Kelly himself said on Friday that he “fully supports the former president’s decision to stay in Washington while his daughter completes school.”
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