Want to know who's been visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago? Too bad.

President Trump gives a thumbs-up on the way to Mar-a-Lago
(Image credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The Trump administration, it seems, does not want you to know who has been palling around with President Trump or his family at Mar-a-Lago. That's one way to interpret a recent move by the Justice Department, which on Friday refused to release the full list of names of people who visited the president at his Florida resort between January 20 and March 8 of this year, despite being ordered to do so by a federal court, The New York Times reports.

The order was issued back in July. Since his inauguration, the president has spent 25 days at his "winter White House" in Palm Beach, Florida, where membership costs $200,000 and frequent guests include financiers and real estate developers. The Department of Justice did release a few names, 22 to be exact, all of which were foreign dignitaries and staffers related to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited the resort in February. The rest will remain a mystery, at least for now.

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Jessica Hullinger

Jessica Hullinger is a writer and former deputy editor of The Week Digital. Originally from the American Midwest, she completed a degree in journalism at Indiana University Bloomington before relocating to New York City, where she pursued a career in media. After joining The Week as an intern in 2010, she served as the title’s audience development manager, senior editor and deputy editor, as well as a regular guest on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast. Her writing has featured in other publications including Popular Science, Fast Company, Fortune, and Self magazine, and she loves covering science and climate-related issues.