The White House was forced Monday to defend its controversial positions to keep its visitor logs secret and …Trump’s tax returns private.
…The administration tries to shift the issue back to Barack Obama.
…The decision not to voluntarily release the logs means Americans won’t see who visits the president until at least five years after he leaves office, and it prompted quick pushback from open-government advocates. But after Trump won the presidency without releasing tax returns, as major candidates have done for decades, the White House appears to be attempting to wait out the critics who want more insight into Trump’s finances and schedule.
…“It’s the same thing that was discussed during the campaign trail. The president is under audit,” Spicer told reporters. “It’s a routine one. It continues. And I think that the American public know clearly where he stands.”
…As USA Today reported last week, the president and vice president’s tax returns are automatically audited every year. The IRS has said an audit does not bar a taxpayer from choosing to release his or her tax returns.
…the White House often does not confirm details such as whether Trump is playing golf when he travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Spicer, he’s not entitled to anything in terms of private, personal time. If he doesn’t like how his job works, then he shouldn’t have asked for it.