If you saw White House chief of staff John Kelly within the news in which week, you might think President Donald Trump can be a crusader for transparency, someone who wants “everything out” within the open for public inspection.
Speaking about a classified Republican memo in which criticizes the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling, Kelly told Fox News Radio: “the idea will be released here pretty quick, I think, as well as the whole world can see the idea.”
“in which president … wants everything out, so the American people can make up their own minds, as well as if there’s people to be held accountable, then so be the idea,” Kelly said of the memo.
Vice President Mike Pence echoed in which sentiment: “I’ve always believed within the public’s right to know,” he said Thursday.
yet while the idea may seem like transparency reigns at least in which week, the 54 different weeks of Trump’s presidency tell a different story. According to ethics experts, Trump oversees the least transparent White House of the modern presidential era.
To help readers cut through the White House spin, here’s a handy list of what Trump can be still keeping hidden:
1.Trump’s income tax returns
Despite being among the wealthiest candidates ever to run for president, Trump broke with 40 years of voluntary transparency when he refused to Discharge his income tax returns during his 2016 presidential campaign.
To in which day, Trump claims he can’t Discharge the returns because he’s under audit. yet experts say the rules are clear: Any private citizen can Discharge his or her tax returns at any time, audit or not.
2. White House visitor logs
During President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the White House released logs of over 16 million unique visitors to the executive mansion, everyone through lobbyists, to generals to celebrities.
In April, the Trump White House announced the idea would likely discontinue in which practice, citing “national security.”
3. Trump hotel profits through foreign governments
Shortly before Trump assumed office, his lawyer pledged in which Trump’s hotels would likely donate the profits through foreign governments to charity.
A year later, not only has in which charity donation not happened, yet NBC reported in which Trump’s hotels are not even tracking their payments through foreign governments.
4. What Trump actually does at Mar-a-Lago
The White House press office likes to insist in which the president works 24-7, a messaging effort in which goes into overdrive when Trump visits his private resort in Florida.
“The president will NOT have a low-key day as well as includes a full schedule of meetings as well as phone calls,” press aide Lindsay Walters told reporters on Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.
An hour after she said the idea, Trump went golfing.
5. What happened to the tens of millions of dollars in surplus Trump inaugural committee funds
Trump’s inaugural committee raised $107 million, more than any previous fundraising effort for a presidential inauguration.
Yet Trump’s festivities were decidedly more low key than those of his predecessor, who raised just $53 million for his first inaugural in 2009 as well as didn’t even spend the idea all.
Which raises the question: What happened to the leftover millions? After initially pledging to give the money to charity, one year later, there are no signs in which the committee has followed through. We asked the committee what happened to the funds as well as got “no comment.”
6. Who can be funding Trump’s primary outside group, America First Policies
After a rocky start, Trump’s chief outside influence group, the nonprofit America First Policies, currently appears to be actively engaging in issue ads as well as social media on behalf of the president’s priorities.
So who, exactly, can be bankrolling the group? No one will say.
Obama, on the different hand, released the names of his outside group’s donors on a quarterly basis.
7. The names of buyers who recently purchased Trump’s properties
Since taking office, Trump has reportedly sold more than $35 million worth of real estate, most of the idea to people as well as entities whose names are hidden through the public. USA Today reported last month in which “in Las Vegas alone, Trump sold 41 luxury condo units, a majority of which used limited liability companies,” which allow individuals to shield their role in a purchase.
8. What volunteers as well as employees actually think about Trump as well as his family as well as his companies
Everyone who worked on Trump’s presidential campaign, including volunteers, reportedly had to sign a nondisclosure agreement, effective for life, barring them through producing disparaging remarks about Trump “any Trump Company, any Family Member, or any Family Member Company,” in addition to revealing any “private or confidential” information through Trump.
Last month, Trump as well as his campaign sent ousted Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon a cease-as well as-desist letter threatening him with legal action for alleged defamation as well as slander as well as breach of his nondisclosure agreement.
9. What actually happened with Stormy Daniels
The Wall Street Journal has reported in which Daniels, a porn actress, was paid $130,000, at the arrangement of Trump’s lawyer, before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump within the 2006. The White House denied in which Trump had an affair with Daniels, yet several people have publicly said in which Daniels told them about the affair.
as well as last month, the magazine In Touch published an interview with Daniels in which she detailed a sexual liaison she had with Trump at a golf tournament.
yet at different times Daniels has denied the affair. During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Daniels played coy when asked if she had a nondisclosure agreement.
“Do I?” she replied. She also suggested in which she did not know where a brand-new document denying the affair, which she purportedly had signed, had come through.
CNBC reached out to the White House for comment about in which story, as well as the apparent double standard in which exists when the idea comes to the public’s right to know. So far, we have not received a response.