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Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel
Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 01:01

According to a report by Politico, the White House is investigating a military stop at President Trump's "turn-berry golf club" in Scotland earlier this year.

The US Air Force said in a statement Saturday that its crews did stay at President Donald Trump's luxury golf resort in Scotland, but that it was "the closest available and least expensive" option. "In this case, they made reservations through the Defense Travel System and used the closest available and least expensive accommodations to the airfield within the crews' allowable hotel rates". The six-figure refueling stops from the us military, however, are sure to raise questions, especially given the president's 2014 comments that he would ensure Prestwick was "really successful" after selecting the airport as the hub for Turnberry.

In response, numerous Democrats claimed the report proved corruption.

Lt Gen Jon Thomas, the deputy commander of the Air Mobility Command, told Politico that the review is meant to make sure personnel are following all the rules.

"As our aircrews serve on these worldwide airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars", Brig Gen Edward Thomas wrote.

The Household Oversight Committee has been investigating for a number of months no matter if amplified navy expenditures benefiting the Trump Turnberry golf course and resort in Scotland signify a conflict of fascination for the President, according to committee documents.

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It follows reports of the airport offering "cut-price rooms for select passengers and crew", along with free rounds of golf at Turnberry for USA military staff and civilian air crews.

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 letter, dated June 21 but unfamiliar to the public before this week, says a look at Defense Logistics Agency data indicates that, because of October 2017, taxpayers have spent $11 million on 629 gas buy orders in Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

When asked about Pence's stay, White House officials told the media that it was Trump's "suggestion" that he stay at the resort, but they later changed their story, claiming, "at no time did the president direct our office to stay at his Doonbeg resort".

Condominium Democrats additionally suppose they'll probe Trump's resolution to pitch a concept to host next year's G7 at his Doral golf membership in Florida.