US Air Force ‘to review international stays’ after Trump resort bookings

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has ordered a review of all global layover stays in the aftermath of a report that crew members stayed at President Donald Trump's luxury resort in Scotland at least twice in the past year, which raised ethics questions about whether the president has potentially profited from official government use of his private entities.

An Air National Guard crew stopped at Trump's Turnberry resort outside Glasgow, Scotland during a spring trip from the Kuwait.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reiterated his claim he had nothing to do with Vice President Mike Pence's stay at his Irish golf resort.

In April, the House Oversight and Reform Committee launched a probe of the stays after military aircrafts were instructed to land at Prestwick Airport, in Glasgow, Scotland and crew members would then spend the night at Turnberry.

"I had nothing to do with the decision of our great [VP] Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland". He added that the service members staying at his resort "have good taste!" While those statistics do not disclose which hotel was used during those overnight stops, but the number of overnight stays has steadily increased since Trump clinched the presidency.

The Maine crew's stay at the resort is the second time Maine has been drawn into concerns that the president may be violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause by using the office for financial gain.

The US military expenditures at the airport have increased drastically since the 2016 election.

The Air Force has ordered a review of all global layover stays...

The House Oversight Committee is investigating USA military activity at an airport that is close to Mr. Trump's Turnberry property, according to a senior Democratic aide.

Separately, Mr Trump today denied any knowledge of members of the US Air Force staying at one of his resorts in Scotland.

Since October 2017, the Defence Logistics Agency entered into 629 separate purchase orders for fuel totalling $11 million, to support various Defence department missions.

President Trump responded to the news reports with a tweet asserting that he has "nothing to do with" with the Prestwick airport.

The Prestwick airport is open 24 hours a day, making it easier to host aircraft coming from the Middle East while other airports implement "increasingly restrictive operating hours", Thomas said.

The Air Force was unable to immediately say how many of those overnight stays were made at Turnberry.

Military officials have reportedly been slow to cooperate with congressional investigators, though as NBC News reported overnight, the Air Force has chose to investigate the matter.

"The synergy of Trump Turnberry and Prestwick Airport working together is crucial for both parties as we further develop golf and tourism in Ayrshire and Scotland", Ralph Porciani, the general manager of Trump Turnberry, was quoted as saying.

Prestwick was listed as a top-five option for the C-130s and the tankers to refuel at or stay overnight.

Even with all these explanations, ethics watchers - who have been repeatedly critical of President Trump - say this episode is another reminder of the hazards of a president who continues to own a private business and profit from government business.

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