The Trump Administration will not disclose logs of those who visit the White House complex, breaking with his predecessor, the White House announced Friday.
The White House cited “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns” of people who visit the White House, according to Time. Officials said that keeping the visitor logs private is necessary to protect President Trump’s ability to seek advice from people “with some discretion.”
A limited number of records of visitors to White House departments, such as the Office of Management and Budget, will be accessible through Freedom of Information Act requests. But most will not, including those that apply to the president and his senior staff.
Under the Trump administration’s policy, the records will be kept secret until five years after the president leaves office.
Since Trump took office Jan. 20, a section of the White House website where the visitor logs were posted under Obama has been left blank.
“This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available,” the webpage reads.