Whether Donald Trump Knew About Air Force Layovers Is 'Irrelevant': Raskin

11 Septembre, 2019, 12:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Congress launches investigation into US spending at struggling airport next to Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course

The President congratulated the seven crew members for their "good taste" after they spent the night at his luxury hotel in Ayrshire, on a stopover while flying from Kuwait to Alaska.

Gen. Edward Thomas says the Air Force is reviewing "all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during worldwide travels".

It's one of several instances of military personnel overnighting at the president's golf resort that has triggered an investigation by the House Oversight Committee to determine whether the Pentagon and USA taxpayers are subsidizing a struggling resort that posted a surge in revenue previous year.

Trump did not divest from his interests in the Trump Organization upon entering office, prompting ethical concerns from Democrats who argue he is profiting from the presidency. "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".

President Donald Trump said he didn't know about the overnight stay of a U.S. Air Force crew at his Scotland golf resort amid new scrutiny of government spending at properties owned by the president.

The emoluments clause of the United States constitution bars the use of elected office for private gain, and ethics experts have said Trump's alleged abuse of the clause could in itself constitute impeachable behavior.

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.

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

The Air Force report followed a similar story involving Vice President Mike Pence, as VICE reported earlier last week.

"President Trump and his company have had significant, direct, and detailed interactions with Prestwick Airport for years, including the President proclaiming that he was "thrilled to be partnering" with the airport, the President personally trying to boost passenger traffic at the airport, and the Trump Organization negotiating room rates directly with the airport", Cummings and Raskin wrote.

Air Mobility Command aircraft stopped at Prestwick 95 times in 2015.

"It's got to be suitable, it's got be available, and it's got to be within the cost of the hotel rate", said Thomas. "NOTHING TO DO WITH ME", Trump tweeted Monday. 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.

President Donald Trump on Monday denied anything improper in the use by military personnel and Vice President Mike Pence of his luxury golf resorts while on official travel overseas. "The Constitution prohibits taxpayer dollars from going to President Trump unless they are for his salary, including when those taxpayer funds are funneled through his businesses".

The New York Times reported that as Mr. Trump began his eventually successful bid for the White House, the "Pentagon chose to ramp up its use of that same airport to refuel Air Force flights and gave the local airport authority the job of helping to find accommodations for flight crews who had to remain overnight".

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