WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama briefly lived with an uncle who faced deportation from the United States.
That contradicts the White House's previous statements that the president had never met Onyango Obama. The 69-year-old was granted permission this week to stay in the U.S. after ignoring a deportation order two decades ago.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says that when the case first arose, officials looked for records of a meeting but never directly asked the president. They eventually did so this week after the uncle testified that they had met.
Carney says the president lived with his uncle temporarily and saw him every few months while studying at Harvard. Carney says the men have not seen each other in two decades or spoken in about 10 years.