President Joe Biden came into office with a vow to provide transparency to the American people.
Despite that pledge, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the administration will not release the president’s visitor logs from his home in Delaware.
“I can confirm we are not going to be providing information about the comings and goings of the president’s grandchildren or people visiting him in Delaware,” Psaki said, according to Fox News.
“Making good” on a commitment
Questions regarding such visitors have increased recently as Biden has spent a considerable amount of time in his home state. During his first months in office, he has reportedly made 17 trips to Delaware.
Of course, the Biden administration appeared to offer some transparency with a partial release of White House visitor logs earlier this year.
A White House statement in May asserted that the “logs give the public a look into the visitors entering and exiting the White House campus for appointments, tours, and official business — making good on President Biden’s commitment to restore integrity, transparency, and trust in government.”
Even then, limitations did apply with “select records that implicate privacy, national security, or other concerns” set to remain private.
“Nothing was unethical”
Biden’s own family has also come under increased scrutiny in light of his promise of transparency. Most recently, his son, Hunter, has been auctioning off his own artwork — reportedly for as much as $500,000 — and the buyers’ names are being kept confidential.
Prior to the latest controversy, Hunter Biden came under fire for information found on an abandoned laptop that seemed to reveal a shocking list of connections to international leaders.
Although the younger Biden allegedly used his father’s connections to gain favor in international business deals, the president has claimed that he had no knowledge of any such deals.
“I have not taken a penny from any foreign source, ever, in my life,” Joe Biden said during a presidential debate in October, adding that “nothing was unethical” in his son’s business pursuits.
In any case, it increasingly appears that the White House’s promise of transparency is more of a smokescreen than a reality. The latest example involves the secrecy surrounding visitors to Joe Biden’s Delaware home — a list that could include influential individuals who impact the president’s policies and positions.