Last week, after bombing Syria with Tomahawk missiles, years-old tweets by President Trump were used to point out the President’s hypocrisy. It was only the latest example of Trump behaving in a way he had previously, publicly criticized former President Obama. Since there is always a tweet to be mined after Trump makes a decision, it didn’t take long for one to surface after the White House announced that the logs of those visiting the White House will not be made public.
Here is the tweet in question:
According to Time, White House officials say the President needs this policy in place in order to “preserve the ability of the president to seek advice from whomever he wants, “with some discretion.” As the administration is running a bare bones operation, perhaps they’re right. The logs will be kept secret for at least five years after Trump leaves office.
Despite the tweet, the Trump administration says it’s merely following in his predecessor’s steps:
The Obama Administration, for instance, took a wide-ranging view of what were considered personal events hosted by the Obamas, leaving off celebrity sightings and meetings with top donors. It also maintained the right to leave off those brought in for sensitive meetings, like interviews for federal judicial nominations. Obama-era officials took other steps to circumvent the logs, scheduling meetings with lobbyists and others at nearby coffee shops.
The policy directive comes after Congressional Democrats introduced the MAR-A-LARGO Act which requires Trump to reveal the names of visitors to places he “regularly conducts official business” within 90 days.
This tweet seems relevant now…
In response to the directive, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a statement announcing their intention to sue and expressing their disappointment in the President who promised to “drain the swamp” as the directive will hide who information about who is “seeking to influence the president.”