Who Does Trump Talk To? A New Database Reveals All.

The White House hasn't been transparent, but information is getting out anyway.

The White House took reporters by surprise last month when it announced it would not be releasing visitor logs until five years after Donald Trump's presidency ended.

Critics saw the move as a suspicious red flag for a president embroiled in controversy, and others felt it was hypocritical after President Trump repeatedly criticized then-president Obama — who made incomplete logs available — of being the "least transparent president." But thanks to a new initiative from POLTICO, we may be getting updates on who has the president's ear anyway.

On Tuesday, the news organization announced a database they are compiling from publicly available documents, press pool reports, media reports and their own reporting that discloses who is visiting the president.

"They're mostly male, largely Republican and often rich," POLITICO wrote in the article announcing the database. "Of the more than 1,200 people who have had direct access to the president as of Monday night, the majority — about 80 percent — are white. And almost 63 percent are white men."

According to Politico's database, Trump has met with just dozens of Democrats while he's sat down with at least 270 business executives. He's communicated with 47 world leaders and a number of well-known public figures like John Travolta and Matt Drudge. 

Yesterday, Trump interacted with his National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and spoke to France's new president Emmanuel Macron.  

While the information may not always be groundbreaking, it's a fantastic step towards making the White House more transparent, even if it might prefer leaving America in the dark.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Joseph Sohm

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