White House communications director Michael Dubke on Friday confirmed suspicions the Trump Administration will not disclose visitor logs of people visiting the complex, Time reports.
The decision reverses an Obama-era policy that disclosed more than 6 million records, Zeke Miller reports. According to Dubke, the decision is based off “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” Dubke also said most of the logs will not be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Following a pattern of Trump doing things he used to criticize Obama for, tweets unearthed Friday showed the move is not only a reversal from the prior administration, but from his own prior stance on the matter.
Why does Obama believe he shouldn't comply with record releases that his predecessors did of their own volition? Hiding something?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1351622079.0
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 (@Donald J. Trump) 1339003906.0
"@chirofrenzy: Am flabbergasted your name was brought up in visiting White House in the same sentence as Al Sharpton like Gold & poop"— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1423575294.0
Democrats introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act” (MAR-A-LAGO Act) last month to require the president disclose visitors at places where he “regularly conducts official business.” Friday’s news renewed calls for Congress to pass that bill.
Why is @realDonaldTrump hiding @WhiteHouse visitor logs? Congress should pass MAR-A-LAGO Act & require transparency. https://t.co/ZftLlNvzUn— Rep. Betty McCollum (@Rep. Betty McCollum) 1492190532.0