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Trump Responds To Resort ‘Scandal’: Had ‘NOTHING TO DO WITH ME’

Trump Responds To Resort ‘Scandal’: Had ‘NOTHING TO DO WITH ME’

"Mike's family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!" An Air Force official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that the service is considering whether it is appropriate for airmen to stay at Trump properties on official travel while Trump remains in the Oval Office, but a decision has not been made.

"In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S.to Kuwait to deliver supplies", Politico reported Saturday. According to media reports, the Turnberry resort has offered visiting air crews free rounds of golf.

The situation prompted Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman, sent letters to the White House, Pence's office, the Secret Service, and the Trump Organization to try to obtain details about the trip.

The U.S. Constitution bars government officials, including the president, from receiving financial benefits known as emoluments from foreign or domestic governments, without approval from Congress.

His comments to reporters on Capitol Hill came after a Politico report last week said that the us military had made stopovers at a Trump resort in Scotland.

The Air Force has ordered of a review of its guidelines for overnight accommodation after it emerged that some members had been staying at Trump Turnberry. Defense Department aircrews have stayed at hotels near Prestwick Airport, including but not exclusively Trump Turnberry, 259 times in 2019 compared to only 40 such stays in 2015, according to the Pentagon.

Military flights making stopovers in Scotland are not unusual, and there were no rooms closer to the airport, an Air Force spokesman said Saturday in an emailed statement to The Associated Press. At least, once one gets past the fact that the President of the United States owns hundreds of public-facing properties around the world, has refused to follow the convention of divesting himself of them, and thus raises huge questions of propriety whenever he, any government employee, or person having business with the USA government stays there.

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Air Force and senior Pentagon officials acknowledged on Monday that the C-17 cargo jet crew had stopped at Trump Turnberry, a coastal property billed as a luxury golf resort about 35 miles south of Glasgow.

Donald Trump has insisted he knew nothing about United States military crew stopping over at his Turnberry resort in Scotland at taxpayers' expense amid a Congress investigation into a potential conflict of interest.

He added the airport had been used by the military "for many decades" for stopovers and refuelling. Citing DLA statistics, Thomas said the per-gallon refueling cost for USA military aircraft at Prestwick is $3.38, comparable to the $2.98 at a US airbase, both are which are far cheaper than the $10 per gallon average for commercial aircraft. They say it would take a complete review of each of those flights to determine the answer.

The location is "farther away than many other hotels, and has higher advertised prices", the Times reported.

Another surprising angle is that in some cases air crews are the ones that make their own lodging accommodations using the Defense Travel System.

The Trump property nightly rate of $136 was less expensive than the $161 charged by a nearby Marriott property. And both were under the per diem rate of $166.


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