Trump administration will not release the record of visitors to the White House publicly, decided on Friday.
Michael Dubke, the White House communications director, said that the White House’s decided the ban over logs release, due to the possible national security and privacy issues.
White House in a statement said, “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,” it added, “disclose Secret Service logs as outlined under the Freedom of Information Act.”
Trump White House has decided to keep its visitor logs secret—reversing Obama’s policy of voluntarily disclosing names, @kwelkernbc confirms
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 14, 2017
Previous US president Barack Obama administration released publicly the total 6 million recorded logs of the White House visitors.
Critics said that the veiling of White House visitors logs points towards the group, meeting the president that might influence the coming government policies.
Michael Dubke said that Trump administration is just acting according to the Federal Court’s decision of year 2013, according to which such records might not be published, and most of it is for the record of the US president. Reports revealed, “three White House officials said they expect criticism of the new policy, but believe it is necessary to preserve the ability of the president to seek advice from whomever he wants, ‘with some discretion.”
Once again, the Trump White House is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) April 14, 2017
Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU, in a statement said “the only reasonable conclusion is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide.”
Executive director Noah Bookbinder said, “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.”
“The Obama administration agreed to release the visitor logs in response to our lawsuits, and despite the Trump administration’s worry over ‘grave national security risks and concerns,’ only positives for the American people came out of them,” he added, “This week, we sued the Trump administration to make sure they would continue to release the logs. It looks like we’ll see them in court.”
Michael Dubke stated that Trump is working over the moral values as well, as White House will introduce a new Briefing room, by which many new visitors could reach White House.
Obama released these records in year 2009, after the legal challenges his government faced.
In this policy the personal family guest names, and the most sensitive issues visitors were not unveiled by Obama administration.
In 2012 President Trump much criticised the former President Obama over the hiding of few identities that visited White House at that time.
According to the current orders these records will be released after five years from the end of Trump government.
Obama administration released the visitors logs over a web site, which was blocked at the start of Trump’s presidency.