Melania Trump and son Baron will move to the White House soon
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 13:52
President Donald Trump's administration announced that it will not follow predecessor 's policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of visitors to the White House complex, citing "grave national security risks and privacy concerns".
The move is in line with what senior Trump transitions officials told Fox News in December about first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump's timeline for moving from Trump Tower in Manhattan to Washington. (Ironically, Melania Trump has made combating cyber bullying part of her platform as First Lady.) Kate Rich would go on to be suspended from her prestigious SNL job, issue a public apology and even delete her Twitter temporarily.
It was reported in February that Melania was considering staying in NY full time, but the White House denied the rumors.
As AOL News reported, Rosie O'Donnell (no friend or supporter of Donald Trump and his family) raised eyebrows and ire when she publicly speculated that Barron Trump might have autism. Instead, it offered this statement: "The White House requires all of its employees to work closely with ethics counsel to ensure compliance and has aggressively required employees to recuse or divest where the law requires".
Shaup specifically objected to one of Trump's executive orders in late January, which revoked a requirement set by former President Barack Obama, banning executive branch staff from accepting jobs at agencies they have lobbied for.
"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".
His son, Eric Trump, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that he believed his sister played a role in the president's decision.
"The White House takes its ethics pledge and federal conflict of interest rules very seriously".
The New York Times article also refers to what is described as the "marginalisation" of Mr Bannon inside the White House, at the expense of Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, and the souring of the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Bannon.