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Air Force defends stopover: Trump's Scotland hotel was the cheapest around

Air Force defends stopover: Trump's Scotland hotel was the cheapest around

On this mission, the crew - seven active-duty Air Force personnel and Alaska Guard members - stayed at Turnberry on its way to Kuwait and at a Marriott hotel on its way back.

The United States Air Force has reportedly ordered a world-wide review of how it chooses overnight accommodations on long flights just days after it was revealed that air crews sometimes stayed at President Donald Trump's Scotland resort. "In this case, they made reservations through the Defence Travel System and used the closest available and least expensive accommodations to the airfield within the crews' allowable hotel rates". Politico also reported that the Air Force has spent $11 million on fuel at Prestwick, roughly 20 miles from Turnberry, since October 2017.

Home Democrats are additionally presently investigating Vice President Mike Pence's keep per week in the past at Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg, Eire, claiming the choice might have violated the Structure's emoluments clause.

'The stopover of a US Air Force C-17 in Glasgow, Scotland is not unusual, ' Brig Gen Ed Thomas said in a statement of the stop that included a stay for crew members at the Trump resort.

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

The House Oversight Committee has been investigating the incident since April, Politico reported. The letter also cites a Guardian report that the airport provided cut-rate rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for USA military members.

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"The airport closest to the Trump Turnberry golf course - Glasgow Prestwick airport - has been viewed as integral to the golf course's financial success, yet it too has lost millions of dollars every year since its purchase by the Scottish government in 2013".

Democrats complained that the Pentagon's cooperation in their inquiry has been poor, and that it has not produced a single document in the investigation.

The Politico report also says jet fuel is generally less costly in foundations.

Cummings and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler sent parallel letters to the White House, Secret Service, and Trump Organization asking for documents related to Pence's stay.

AOC has called for Trump's impeachment several times since she took office in January.

Despite conflict of interest concerns as stays at his resorts line his pockets, Trump is also considering hosting next year's G-7 summit of world leaders at his Doral resort in Florida next year.

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