And I'm saying that this story, IMO, in no way discounts the efforts toward more transparency. In fact, if you read the story, they're still looking into this--making it even more a non-story.
Executive privilege is something that we don't like or support when it's not a Prez we support in office. But people who understand the legal term, privilege, understand the need for confident communication in order to effectively do business.
On specific issues, specific visitors -- Congress can push the issue and get the info. But anyone who thinks we would be better served by having all privileged and confidential meetings in the West Wing exposed is, IMO, not very realistic.
Back when nobody paid attention to who visited the White House, it didn't matter if the record was public.
Imagine this plausible scenario....the President is considering covert military action. He wants to talk to experts on the region. If these experts are on record visiting the White House, it will be obvious what the President is up to, because there is no other reason they would be there. Sure, he can meet them somewhere else, but why should he? I'm just saying, there are good reasons not to make the list of White House visitors public.
"All those documents"
Seem to be made out of the same material as the Emperors New Clothes.
Even Keith "The Communist" Oberman was not happy with this.
Think if Trump get elected how much resistance he will face with in all phases of our country from people to military to politicians. He must not win.
Who is putting the spin on this situation is a matter of opinion I suppose. I see the spin coming mostly from his critics who usually jump at the chance to critize everything he does anyway, so the outrage over this issue is no surprise because it's so predictable. Transparency will be more evident at the end of his term than at the start, and even then, I won't view it through the eyes of his critics, or the because of the views of special interest groups.Hmmm guess that all went out the window on Jan. 21 2009 so all of you who voted for Mr. Obama care to comment on this or spin it in the way you feel needed.
The issue of complaining about a guest list seems a bit trivial to me.