Dem Lawmakers Want Trump's Mar-a-Lago Trips Examined

Justin Greene
March 31, 2017

The MAR-A-LAGO Act requires the Trump administration to do just one thing: maintain logs of visitors both to the White House and the president's Florida estate Mar-a-Lago - previously touted as the Winter White House but now being dubbed as the Southern White House, because let's be honest, he is not going to stop going there during the summer.

"White House visitor logs help provide the American people with an important look at who is meeting with the President and his staff and a greater understanding of White House business", said Reed. Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, introduced the same legislation in the House.

At their request, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday it would investigate Trump's security procedures and taxpayer-funded travel costs at Mar-a-Lago, including "how the President's communications and classified information are secured while traveling, whether a secure space for classified communications has been established at Mar-a-Lago, as well as what, if any, security measures are employed by the Secret Service to screen staff and guests at the resort".

Supporters of the bill say Americans have the right to know who has access to Trump, no matter where he is.

During the 2016 presidential race, President Trump and fellow Republicans constantly criticized Hillary Clinton for compromising national security by using a private email server.


Since he assumed office on January 20, Trump has traveled to Mar-a-Lago five times.

Thus far, in addition to ending the previous administration's policy of publishing White House visitor logs, the administration and the Trump Organization have refused to reveal the lists of members and guests at Mar-A-Lago and other Trump Organization properties frequently visited by the president and top administration officials.

SinceTrump took office, the page of White House Records on whitehouse.gov has a message saying "This page is being updated".

President Trump has taken the unusual and potentially risky step of conducting official business in the plain view of guests at his high-priced Mar-A-Lago club.

President Trump's "winter White House" does not keep detailed logs or records of guests who enter and exit - an extraordinary oversight for a venue the commander-in-chief has visited for almost half his weekends in office. That could include Mar-a-Lago.

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