Should the White House visitor logs be public? | The Tylt
Should the White House visitor logs be public?
The White House says it won't disclose the visitor logs to protect the privacy and safety of people coming to advise the president. Officials say the policy is new, having started with the Obama administration, and even then, White House officials went to great lengths to redact the logs or take meetings off-site to avoid disclosure. Officials say it's not a big deal the White House is not disclosing visitors.
White House communications director Michael Dubke said the decision to reverse the Obama-era policy was due to “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” Instead, the Trump Administration is relying on a federal court ruling that most of the logs are “presidential records” and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Trump administration has been attacked by transparency advocates for shrouding itself in secrecy. Between holding important meetings at Mar-a-Lago and the complete lack of transparency on his policies, appointees, advisors, taxes and everything else imaginable, experts say the Trump administration is showing a distressing lack of transparency. Experts say there is no reason why taxpayers can't know who's meeting with elected officials.
"The American people need to know who has access to the White House if we're going to 'drain the swamp'. So far, all we've seen from the President is murk," Whitehouse said in a statement. "His Administration has stonewalled congressional requests for information about his advisors and appointees' conflicts of interest."