White House To Keep Visitor Records Secret

"And frankly, the faux attempt that the Obama administration put out, where they would scrub who they didn't want put out, didn't serve anyone well." he said.

Spicer discussed the president's tax returns, policy on White House visitor logs and other topics.

White House communications director Michael Dubke said in a statement that the decision was due to the "the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually", NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

As reported by the New York Times, Trump has been going all-out to weaken ethics rules within the United States government, as former lobbyists now working within his administration seek to modify the laws they sought only recently to change. "Unfortunately, this move is perfectly in line with the policy of the Obama White House to prevent these visitors logs from being processed and released under the Freedom of Information Act", Fitton's statement read.

Trump entered office pledging to "drain the swamp" and combat corruption in the nation's Capitol.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

The Obama White House voluntarily disclosed the names of people who visited. "This kind of secrecy will allow big donors, lobbyists and special interests to have unknown levels of influence in the White House". "We went to court because we saw this coming".

The White House refused to comment on any suspicious ethical activity or malpractice.

The announcement by President Trump is a disappointment to both conservative and liberal watchdog groups.

After some litigation, the Obama White House began releasing the visitor records late in 2009, Obama's first year in office.

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and joint party committees continued to direct funds to his companies in the first quarter of the year, paying close to $500,000 to Trump-owned hotels, golf clubs and restaurants, according to new campaign-finance disclosures.

The Homeland Security Department is targeted by the suit because it houses the U.S. Secret Service, the agency typically responsible for maintaining the visitor logs.

"I heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity", Ivanka said, adding that she has been "working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role". Despite being the first to open up the logs, the Obama administration was criticized for not going far enough and endured negative news stories about some of its visitors.

"You don't know who got left off and who didn't", Spicer said Monday.

The Trump presidency is taking advantage of that decision in order to protect these records from the public eye.

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