Attributable to John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation:

“By announcing a return to secrecy for White House visitor logs, the Trump administration has continued to evade public accountability and transparency for the highest office.

While this action is no surprise for a President whose tax returns remain secret, who has proclaimed the free press the enemy of the American people, and who has refused to fully divest from his businesses, the White House’s failure to disclose visitor logs demonstrates again that American leadership on open government will not come from this Presidency.

Congress, the courts, activists and the press will all have to represent our expectations for transparency. President Trump has chosen consistently to conceal and protect his own private interests over public interests. Congress should mandate disclosure of the visitor logs to help hold the Trump administration accountable.”