Interest in where and when Trump may attend church services
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 17:36
The White House won't make public the logs of visitors to the White House complex, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor.
Government watchdog groups argue Trump is preventing the public from learning basic details about his financial ties and blocking information about the groups and individuals that are trying to influence the White House.
As the White House works on a broad strategy, America's top military commanders are implementing the vision articulated by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: Decimate Islamic State's Middle East strongholds and ensure that the militants don't establish new beachheads in places such as Afghanistan.
The Trump administration is ending the practice of disclosing the identities of most visitors to the White House, saying that to do so posed "grave national security risks and privacy concerns", U.S. media reported.
"It's not really being transparent when you scrub out the names of the people that you don't want anyone to know were here", Spicer said.
That's a change from President Barack Obama's policy of voluntarily releasing the records. They say continuing to release the records could interfere with policy development, among other things.
The Obama administration disclosed most visits, while keeping secret the identities of some private visitors-such as the teenage friends of Obama's daughters. "It looks like we'll see them in court".
The group also says much of the money came from the same small-amount, online donors who helped Trump become president and that the effort brought in tens of thousands of new donors. The White House provided no information about his activities, though CNN obtained images of the president golfing.