Earlier this week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., complained that he was in the dark about the Trump administration’s restrictive new policies affecting immigrants, refugees and other travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Rubio said he had been flooded with questions about cruise liners and airport travel, but didn’t have many answers: “In fact my staff was told the State Department, as of today, was ordered not to talk to Congress about this issue.”
“That cannot be a permanent position,” said Rubio. “We expect answers here fairly soon, because we have constituents calling.”
The Trump White House has taken such direct, adversarial aim at the news media that it may obscure a more fundamental concern of transparency advocates: whether the administration is constricting the flow of reliable information to the public.
For the record, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the department had been in contact with lawmakers and would “provide information and assistance as we are able.”
Left unsaid: The White House shared little information with officials at State, Homeland Security and other departments and agencies. White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not reply to a request for comment about the administration’s approach about distributing information.