Donald Trump, the Secretive President – New York Times


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Donald Trump, the Secretive President
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Secret Service agents walked along the roof of the White House last month, seen through a fence along the northern boundary of the grounds. Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times. To the Editor: Re “White House Won't Disclose List of Visitors

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Secret Service agents walked along the roof of the White House last month, seen through a fence along the northern boundary of the grounds. Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “White House Won’t Disclose List of Visitors” (front page, April 15):

An axiom of human behavior is that “secretive people have a secret.” President Trump delights in conspicuous exhibition of his wealth and his power to sign executive orders. In stark contrast to his showy side, he is pathologically secretive about his taxes.

Now, by an action that affronts the essence of open government, he declares that the White House visitor logs shall be closed to public scrutiny. By each of his actions to evade public disclosure, the president is advertising exactly where he is hiding secrets that he hopes the public will not discover.

DAVID ERDMAN, CHARLOTTE, N.C.

To the Editor:

The Trump administration claims that it is no longer posting White House visitor logs out of grave national security concerns. This is the same rationale for the public’s demanding access to them.

JESSE ALBERT, LOS ANGELES

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