Hours after offering a vague response when asked if President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would resume the publishing of White House visitor logs, the incoming press secretary said Friday night her office would do so following next week’s inauguration.
The Trump administration cited national security concerns when it stopped releasing White House visitor logs for public consumption in 2017.
During a transition team briefing on Friday, incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if her team would resume the release of the logs. She said the administration wanted to “ensure we are transparent” but refused to commit to publishing the logs, per Fox News.
Psaki took to Twitter in the evening to clarify the new administration’s position.
“For the sake of clarity — The Biden-Harris Administration will return to the policy of releasing White House visitor logs. Also true that visitors will be limited for some time because safety during the pandemic is top priority,” Psaki tweeted.
A follower then asked Psaki if media members and others would be able to track “the comings and goings of the My Pillow Guy to the West Wing?”
Psaki replied: “Also confirming I wouldn’t expect My Pillow guy to appear on the WH visitor logs.”
My Pillow company founder Mike Lindell has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.
During the briefing, Psaki said the White House press team would elaborate on its ethics policy in the coming days.
Trump’s decision to withhold publishing the White House visitor logs resulted in a series of lawsuits from groups that sought to force the administration to disclose them. The policy reversed a decision of former President Barack Obama’s administration to release the logs.
The administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also restricted access to White House visitor logs.
Biden’s inauguration is set for Wednesday.
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