Sunday, April 16, 2017

White House won’t disclose list of visitors

This article published by the New York Times on April 14th talks about the White House visitor logs. On Friday, the White House official announced that the list of visitors to the White House will no longer be available to the public. During the Obama administration, public access to visitor logs was meant to show the basic day-to-day workings of the government. According to the White House officials this measurement was necessary for “reasons of national security”. This means that the public will no longer be involved in knowing which “activists, lobbyists, political donors and others are gaining access to the president ... on a daily basis.” This reversal of policy and return to secrecy is leading to additional questions about M. Trump’s transparency as Mr. Trump also rejected “other basic standards of presidential discussions like the release of his tax returns.”

  • Helen Majer

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