Bloomberg News reports:
President Joe Biden’s White House released its first set of records detailing visits by official guests, returning to a practice set by the Obama administration and dismissed by the Trump team, disclosing 400 visits during his first 12 days in office.
While hundreds of visitors might have visited the White House complex on an ordinary pre-pandemic day, the sparse logs from the start of the Biden presidency show just how limited in-person activities were.
A fifth of those listed are members of the Marine Band and the Herald Trumpets who performed on Inauguration Day, and one of the most frequent visitors was an American Sign Language interpreter.
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The Trump White House cited “ grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually” in not releasing visitor logs. Critics said they just wanted to conceal visits by lobbyists, donors and others. https://t.co/DzAEwCtXsS
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 7, 2021