President Trump has shown that he will do things his own way even if it means breaking traditions set forth by his predecessors and announced Friday, that he will no longer disclose the visitor’s log for the White House.
According to Time magazine, Michael Dubke, White House communications director, defended the decision as one made out of concern for national security and privacy of the individuals and families visiting the complex, but we all know they did this to protect Trump’s ability to discreetly seek counsel from who knows where. (Putin)
The Trump administration will be using a 2013 hearing from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling that all White House visitor records are not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosure requirements. It did grant public access to certain visitor logs but not those concerning the Oval office.
As a private citizen, Donald Trump was very critical of President Obama and his transparency when it came to government. Even going as far as to publicly mock President Obama on twitter:
Why is @BarackObama spending millions to try and hide his records? He is the least transparent President–ever–and he ran on transparency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2012
White House officials expect sharp criticism of the decision but reiterate that it is necessary to preserve the ability of the president to seek advice from whoever he likes, “with some discretion and without fear of public backlash.”
Who will he meet with? Executives of oil and double agents with questionable friendships with foreign governments? He already has Rex Tillerson.
Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, released a statement in response to the administration’s decision while promising to seek legal action.
It’s disappointing that the man who promised to ‘drain the swamp’ just took a massive step away from transparency by refusing the release the White House visitor logs that the American people have grown accustomed to accessing over the last six years and that provide indispensable information about who is seeking to influence the president.”
Trump’s visitor logs will be available five years after he leaves unless he changes his mind again. He may make it “top secret” or we can find it out while he sits in his open dinners in Mar-a-Lago eating cake.
You know how pompous he can be.
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