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Conway: Obama Leaving Behind a 'Divided Country'

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 09:51 AM

President Barack Obama is leaving behind much "unfinished business, including a divided country," incoming presidential counsel Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday, noting she'd have several questions for the nation's outgoing leader if she were to participate in his final press conference.

"I would actually just ask the president, 'President Obama yes, you're going out with these approval ratings but big deal, why have race relations, according to all polls, worsened to many people?'" Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"'Why do many people feel like the country is more united but divided? Why are you leaving unfinished business, including a divided country?'"

President-elect Donald Trump will make a large attempt, through his many solutions to the nation's issues, to "unify a divided country," Conway said.

However, she said she would not ask Obama any direct questions about his decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning.

"Let me speak for me," said Conway. "It's very ironic that you would have somebody who imperiled national security, put our security and intelligence officers and others at risk compared to everybody's head being on fire for how many months about WikiLeaks documents that embarrassed the Democrats, and of course Hillary Clinton."

Manning's 35-year sentences should not have been taken lightly, she continued, as it was not a "slap on the wrist."

But when it comes to Obama's press conference, "I would actually ignore Chelsea Manning," said Conway, but she'd ask why he was "cherry picking what leaks are important and which leaks are not important, depending on the leaker and depending on the content that was leaked."

Conway also on the program defended President-elect Donald Trump's continued use of Twitter, saying it gives him an opportunity to communicate directly with the public.

"He is the most brilliant communicator I have ever seen in politics or otherwise," Conway said. "He will continue that because the American people want information immediately. I call this the democratization of information. You get cable stations at the same time. You don't need someone to filter it for you."

Conway also defended the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, saying under her, children could attend the school of their choice, rather than be constrained by zip codes.

"People do not believe that the federal government should be telling us what is taught in the classroom," said Conway. "You can't uproot and the judgment of local officials and indeed parents themselves which when it comes to children's education."

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