In response to the massive number of regular, high-income citizens that are able to gain access to the President through his South Florida golf resort Mar-A-Lago, Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation requiring the Trump Administration keep record of the comings and goings of members in the interest of public safety and transparency.
Apparently the liberal lawmakers were feeling clever when they proposed the act in the Senate called the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act — or MAR-A-LAGO Act.
Named after the resort where Trump spends most of his weekends, the act – and the House Bill that is being put together to mirror it – will require that the Trump Administration keep a visitors log of those who come and go at Mar-A-Lago or anywhere else that the president “regularly conducts business.”
After all, the POTUS has referred to his Florida resort as a second White House, promising that he conducts business just as much as he plays golf (sure). But if the President is conducting a significant amount of business in and among the general public (albeit the wealthy ones), it only makes sense that there is some sort of record kept in order to attempt to curtail corruption.
It’s as simple as this: if you are associated with a corporation, politician, or foreign dignitary who would very much like to whisper in the president’s ear, what better way to do so than to drop by Mar-A-Lago for a mere $200,000 membership fee? And how would anyone know, if there was no record of your presence?
Currently, no one can see who has spent time with the President as he whiles away most of his weekends in Florida because Mar-A-Lago keeps no visitor’s log. For a future criminal investigation or probe of any kind, this lack of a record could be a major hindrance.
If someone wishes to visit Trump at the White House, they subject to background checks and weapon screening. At Mar-A-Lago, the only thing separating the POTUS from any yahoo on the street is the Secret Service – and they’ve already had to arrest a belligerent, drunk guests intent on visiting the POTUS.
So for the president’s sake, and in the interest of transparency, the Trump administration should be subject to this Democratic act. After all, if Republicans just voted to gut internet users’ browsing data privacy, why should they be opposed to a bit more record-keeping?