New Bill Aims to Unmask Visitors at Trump's Alternative White Houses

September 29, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Amid reports Saturday that President Donald Trump would spend his afternoon “holding meetings” at a golf course he owns in Virginia, grassroots support is growing for a new bill introduced late this week that would force the president to provide visitor logs for Trump-owned properties where he conducts official government business.

“The American people need to know who has access to the White House if we’re going to ‘drain the swamp’. So far, all we’ve seen from the President is murk.” —Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)As The Hill reported, it was “not immediately clear from pool reports who the president was planning to meet” during his afternoon at the Trump International Golf Club outside Washington, D.C., but it was pointed out by others that this is the eighth weekend in a row in which Trump has visited one of the luxury properties owned by his company. Since his inauguration on January 20, Trump has spent more than half his weekends at Mar-a-Lago, the resort estate he owns in Florida and which his administration has frequently referred to as the “Winter White House” or the “Southern White House.”

On Friday, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced a bill that would force the Trump administration to maintain logs for Mar-a-Lago and other venues as a way to compel the level of transparency that is mandated for visitors at the White House. The cleverness of an acronym helps make the point, with the lawmakers calling their proposed law the “Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act” or “MAR-A-LAGO Act.”

In the Senate, the bill’s original co-sponsors included Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Jack Reed (R.I.), while the House version was introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois.


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