by Countable | 3.20.17
In an official letter, a group of Senate Democrats expressed concerns to President Trump that a "cloak of secrecy seems to be falling over more and more parts of your administration." The senators are asking that the Trump administration continue to publicly report White House visitor logs, a voluntary policy started by President Obama. The Democrats are also requesting that the policy extend to President Trump’s “Winter White House,” his private Florida country club Mar-A-Lago, where he has been working on most weekends.
The senators who signed the letter are Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Udall (D-NM), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
The eight Senate Democrats also signed a similar letter to Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan, requesting that official visitor logs be kept at Trump Tower in New York City and other private properties where he may conduct official government business.
"It would be a significant setback to efforts to give the public insight into who influences the White House if this policy were to be discontinued or limited," the senators said in the letter.
Many presidents have spent time working on private properties. What makes Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort different, the senators wrote, is the fact that it is a country club, and paying members could get access to the president that other citizens do not have.
"President Trump’s conduct of official business on private property to which some members of the public have access appears to be unprecedented in recent times," the senators wrote.
If the Trump administration plans to continue the Obama-era policy for the White House then the senators stated that they would expect logs to be published by April 20th. They noted that Sens. Whitehouse and Udall requested in an earlier letter that the Mar-A-Lago membership lists and visitor logs be made public, and have received no response.
Senators have asked for responses from President Trump and Deputy Director Callahan by March 15th.
Should the Trump administration continue the practice of publicly disclosing White House visitor logs and extend that policy to Trump’s private properties where he conducts official business? Tell your representatives what you think!
-- Andrea Seabrook & Asha Sanaker
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The president is a representative of the US and as citizens we have a right to know who comes and goes. We have had this from past presidents and if our new president is truly 'draining the swamp' and has nothing to hide then be open.
Demand Trump make his visitor logs public so everyone can be aware who has access to him.
Yes absolutely. With all the potential conflicts of interest, his refusal to turn over his tax records- it seems especially important that the public know with whom he has conversation. His distain for the dissenting media also make it necessary.
Yes. Maintaining a public log is in the best interests of the American public. The White House is not the private residence or office of Mr Trump. It belongs to the people
Somehow someone needs to track his pay for play presidency. This whole administration stinks. I hate the oppression. I hate the the disregard for the checks and balances, the constant falsities and dismissals of real truths in an effort to control what the public hears. We aren't on the brink of fascist tyranny, it's here. Do something.
I definitely agree transparency is very important concerning this president and all the issues surrounding his admin and himself. Plus the fact that he is costing taxpayers millions for going g to his resort in Florida every weekend and playing golf . Plus not allowing photos or press he has cost us more in the short time he has been in office than pres Obama did for a year . It is disgraceful.
This probably would make sense to a normal person.Unfotunately we are not talking about a normal person.We are talking about someone who believes in "alternative facts"and who seems to live in a alternative universe. Even if there were logs,would they be true? This administration and their leader will require divine intervention.I'm afraid that is already begun. I pray for God's mercy for those who are suffering and all the innocent who are going to suffer.
Please push for keeping our governing officials as transparent as possible by demanding visitor logs be kept open to the public!
Please support the petition to maintain Visitor Logs at the White House, Mar a lago, Trump Tower, and anywhere that the POTUS does business. This is important in removing the cloak of secrecy that surrounds DJT and his administration.
I completely agree with this. This president needs to be watched. He believes he is above the law.
Does he have something to hide? Of course make the log public.
Please keep Donald Trump to his campaign promise of NO pay-for-play by checking Mar-a-Largo records. Taxpayers have a right to be reassured Mr. Trump is not profiting out of his position of power. Reports of Trump raising Club membership fees after winning. He showed NO concern for national security while on a recent visit looking at classified documents amongst members.
The unorthodox approach to the normal protocol used by all of modern past presidents is completely absent from the current regime. The normal transparency that is part of a democratically elected presidency is also absent. I as a citizen would like to know who came and went officially through the White House. I know that all of us no matter our politics are owed this much since we do not yet live in a dictatorship.
I support obtaining and making public Trump's visitor logs.
Wherever Trump does White House business should be exposed to public scrutiny-including his private residences, businesses and resorts. He is a public servant, and performs a disservice to US citizens each time he secludes himself on his exclusive resorts. His actions need to have the appearance of transparency. The more he appears to hide on weekends at his resorts, the more he tells citizens he's a part time President, national security isn't a priority, and he doesn't care how much taxpayer money is wasted on his pleasure.
I think this is something we all can agree on, republicans and democrats. Transparency is important!
This makes good sense. The people need to know who this republican president is meeting with & who is trying to influence him.
Keep the pressure on for visible visitor logs! 45 is devious and hides so many things. We still need to see his taxes! Pressure on please
I find it very hard to believe that any of our Representatives actually trust Trump. You can walk and talk the Republican Party line as much as you want (to the detriment of your constituents) but you're a fool if you actually trust anyone in this administration. The logs for everywhere Trump does business should be public. Voting against this just means you want to stay in denial of more improper behavior.
Yes, I think it's important that logs be kept of President Trump's visitors. I might feel differently if he had released his tax returns and if he hadn't lied to us so many times. Unfortunately,we can't trust him.