Air Force Reviews Questionable Overnight Stays At Trump's Turnberry Resort In Scotland

Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland

Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland. Washington Post

Pence recently visited Ireland on a two-day trip and chose to stay at Trump International Golf Links at Trumps "suggestion" as opposed to using a hotel in Dublin, according to a spokesperson for the Vice President.

He tweeted that the stay "was nothing to do with me" but the US Air Force (USAF) announced a review of its selection of lodging accommodations following intense criticism of the stay.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are looking into Pence's stay at the Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg on the west coast of Ireland, which is 300 km (180 miles) away from the capital, Dublin, where his meetings were held. While he emphasized that the decisions had "NOTHING TO DO WITH ME", he did praise the "good taste" of those who choose to visit his luxury hotels. So far this year there have been 259 stops, 220 of them involving overnight stays.

Thomas, the Air Force's top spokesman, said in a statement that "while initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that USA service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable".

Any time a government or military official stays at a Trump-owned hotel, get ready for the media and Democratic politicians to completely meltdown-regardless of the circumstances. Since President Trump took office, military aircraft stops at Prestwick Airport have increased dramatically, according to Air Force statistics.

The Air Force, in a written statement, said its crews routinely refuel aircraft at civilian airports and sometime may stay at higher-end hotels if necessary and if the cost is within the allowable Defense Department rate.

The luxury Turnberry resort is about a 40-minute drive from the airport, with several other lodging options in the area.

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

Earlier this year, the House Oversight and Reform Committee launched an investigation into why Prestwick Airport, which had been debt-ridden, has seen a substantial increase in us military expenditures since Trump took office.

According to the House oversight committee letter, since October 2017, the Defense Logistics Agency has purchased $11 million in jet fuel from Prestwick Airport.

The Air Force says that while the stop outside Glasgow, Scotland, appears to have adhered to guidelines, it realizes that it must still be "considerate" of perceptions about using taxpayer dollars.

News of the stay comes amid allegations that Trump, a Republican, is profiting on the presidency.

As previously detailed by The Scotsman's sister title, Scotland on Sunday, the Trump Organisation formed what it described as an "official partnership" and "strategic alliance" with the airport in 2014 - two years before Mr Trump became president - with the two parties holding unminuted discussions over "potential partnership opportunities" and the "integration" of their businesses.

Brig Gen Thomas also explained the increased use of Prestwick airport in the last four years because of a number of key factors, including longer operating hours and standardisation of routing locations.

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

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