Mar-a-Lago guest list
Judge orders release of list of Trump’s visitors
The public could soon get a glimpse of who is visiting President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
A federal judge ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to release logs of visitors to Mar-a-Lago for presidential business by Sept. 8 in response to a lawsuit brought by three government watchdog groups.
“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit.
Trump has hosted high-profile visits from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mara-Lago, but many of his guests remain a mystery.
David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, declined to comment Monday.
Trump has visited Mar-a-Lago seven times since becoming president. He last visited for the Easter holiday, and he’s expected to return when Palm Beach’s social season resumes in the fall.
The lawsuit also seeks the release of visitor logs for the White House in Washington and Trump Tower in New York City. Two other groups pushing for greater transparency in government — the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia