Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Trump denies knowledge of Air Force stay at Trump resort in Scotland

Trump denies knowledge of Air Force stay at Trump resort in Scotland

The Air Force is reviewing how crews on worldwide travel choose airports and hotels after one crew recently spent a night at a Trump resort in Scotland.

The US Air Force has also ordered a review into how accommodation for global trips is chosen after reports emerged suggesting crew members stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort.

Mr. Trump visited Glasgow Prestwick in 2014 and promised to help increase traffic at the airport, although at the time he was largely referring to plans to drive corporate jets there and attract other commercial traffic perhaps carrying golfers on the way to his resort.

The Air Force's review comes as House Democrats have ramped up investigations of whether Trump has possibly improperly profited from government funds flowing into his properties, including Turnberry. "Every time you find a person landing in an airplane within 500 miles of something I own - Mike Pence, as an example - his family lives in, he actually told me he stayed there many years ago".

Two house Democrats on Tuesday pressed the Pentagon to ban its personnel who travel on taxpayer-funded trips from using accommodations at President Donald Trump's properties amid scrutiny of an Air Force crew's stay in March at a Trump resort in Scotland.

Cummings and Raskin said such spending amounts to an "apparent violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the Constitution", which prohibits presidents from enriching themselves while in office.

The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into US military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland.

"We provide a full handling service for customers and routinely arrange overnight accommodation for visiting aircrew when requested", the Prestwick airport mentioned in a press release.

Vice President Pence was criticized last week for staying at a Trump golf resort on the western coast of Ireland instead of in Dublin, where he had meetings.

"We should not stand by as Scotland's good name is tarnished by association with the toxic Trump brand".

The deal with the US Defence Logistics Agency (DLA), which manages the global supply chain for the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, is by far the airport's single biggest revenue stream.

The Politico report argues that crews on previous trips to the Middle East have stopped at USA air bases in other countries where refueling would cost less than at a commercial airport.

In a statement issued by Pence's office after Short's comments, the office said, "Because of some misreporting, we want to clarify that the decision to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, Ireland was exclusively a decision by the Office of the Vice President and was based on the requirement to find accommodations near the Vice President's ancestral hometown that could satisfy official meetings on both coasts of the Emerald Isle".

Thomas said the C-17's layover in Glasgow was "not unusual" and that an ongoing review of the trip has found "nothing that falls outside the guidelines associated with selecting stopover airports on travel routes and hotel accommodations for crew rest".

Data provided by the Air Force shows that between 2015 and 2019, Air Mobility Command aircraft stopped at Prestwick a total of 936 times, with 659 overnight stays.

He told reporters on Monday that the Air Force's review was "due diligence to see if our processes are appropriate, if they're right".

Again, aside from the elephant in the room-the President of the United States owns hotels with his name on them--this would a non-story. Turnberry is only booked if other hotels are unavailable or customers specifically request it.

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