A Bunch of Russians and Trump’s Beautiful Chocolate Cake Delivery Guy
Trump is refusing to allow the public to see WH visitor logs as Obama did. So what’s he hiding?
White House visitor log for Trump…
– Chocolate Cake delivery guy
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 15, 2017
“President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that the White House won’t release records of its visitors, raising new concerns from transparency advocates.”
“The decision not to voluntarily disclose White House visitor logs is a break from the policy of former President Barack Obama’s administration, even though Trump had called his predecessor the “least transparent president.”
Makes sense. Trump is less transparent than the least transparent President. Clearly Trump has a lot to hide.
No doubt he does worry that the log would be helpful in the Russia investigation as well as showing us just how many ways he violates the Constitution every day.
“White House communications director Michael Dubke framed the decision not to disclose who visits the president as resulting from the “national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” Time magazine first reported the reversal.
We can’t be transparent as it poises a security risk and violates the privacy concerns of people working in the people’s White House. The arrogance of Trump and his friends knows no bounds.
As a reporter who writes abt ethics & lobbyists, not having WhiteHouse logs is a very big deal. A major rollback. https://t.co/Iexu2Io9zb
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) April 15, 2017
Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, called the White House’s security and privacy claims “a White House lie.”
“What’s really going on is the swamp suits Donald Trump just fine,” Blanton said, mocking the president’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington.
The question that begs-how was Obama able to keep the logs available with no national security crisis?
“Blanton said Obama’s White House shared logs of nearly 6 million visitors with no national security ramifications. Under Obama, the White House released records about three months after visits occurred. The policy contained exceptions, however, allowing the White House to withhold the names of people it believed were sensitive or personal visitors to the Obama family.”
“The Trump White House’s decision not to follow suit was met with alarm from transparency advocates, including the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, whose president said the organization was “disappointed.”
“This new secrecy policy undermines the rule of law and suggests this White House doesn’t want to be accountable to the American people,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
“The only reason to keep secret the White House visitor logs is to hide from the American public the corporate influence-peddlers who are seeking favors and gifts from the White House,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “More secrecy equals more cronyism, more insider dealing and more corruption.”
“Trump himself inadvertently relied on the visitor logs last month when he tweeted, under scrutiny about his aides’ contacts with Moscow, that the Russian ambassador visited the White House 22 times under Obama. A Daily Caller reporter whose piece Trump appeared to be quoting tweeted Friday that she used the visitor logs as the basis of her story.”
The rules apply to Obama but not to Trump.
Meanwhile the media marvels at how sane Trump is getting. It’s good that he flip flopped. He’s threatening nuclear war with North Korea. How normal!
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