Although Trump's decision isn't uncommon - Obama was the only president to make his visitor logs public - it's attracting attention because it's a departure from eight years of precedent at a time of growing calls for greater governmental transparency.
U.S. President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended the decision to keep White House visitor logs secret, but did not bring up the national security explanation. The changes have drawn intense criticism from government ethics advocates across the city. However, a 2013 court ruling determined the president is not legally obligated to disclose White House visitor records under the Freedom of Information Act.
With respect to visitor logs, Spicer said Trump was "following the same policy that every administration from the beginning of time (prior to Obama) has used".
Trump entered office pledging to "drain the swamp" and combat corruption in the nation's Capitol.
From now on, if anyone wants to know who's been rubbing elbows with those in the White House, they will have to file a Freedom of Information request - and even then, a response isn't guaranteed.
Obama had voluntarily released over 6 million visitor records and this was fought in federal court by his administration for the right to keep some of the information secret.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed. "Elected officials work for the people and we deserve to see government business conducted in transparent daylight", Faiz Shakir, political director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. Under Obama, such records, which were published on a White House-maintained Web page, were typically disclosed 90 to 120 days after the visit.More news: Ministers to do away with red beacon vehicles from May 1
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In 2009, Obama decided to make his visitor logs public after four similar lawsuits by CREW.
Barron will be the first boy to live at the White House since John F Kennedy Jr, who was a toddler, in 1963. In the past three months, he has also taken some high profile guests to his Florida property, including England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and China's president Xi Jinping.
After some litigation, the Obama White House began releasing the visitor records late in 2009, Obama's first year in office. Udall, who introduced a bill last month to mandate publication of visitor logs, asked Friday. It was the first administration to make a practice of routinely releasing the information.
The majority of donor's to Trump's campaign committee were those who gave smaller amounts, rather than large sums from wealthy donors.