Air Force defends stop in March at the Trump resort in Scotland as & # 39; cheapest accommodations & # 39 ;, while this month's congress examines Mike Pence's stay at the Trump resort in Ireland
- The Air Force stated that its stay at the Trump Scotland resort was the & # 39; closest and cheapest accommodation & # 39; used to be
- The House Oversight Committee requested all information regarding the decision to remain on the President's premises
- Brig. Gene. Ed Thomas said the stay at Trump was $ 136 compared to $ 166 at the Marriott hotel there
- He said that nothing was found inappropriate about the stay
- The House led by the Democrats is investigating this journey because it continues to investigate potential conflicts of interest between the president and his companies
- Two in-house committees are investigating Vice President Mike Pence's stay at the Trump Doonbeg resort in Ireland
- Pence had official affairs in Dublin last week and traveled 180 miles to stay at the Trump golf resort across the country
- There are conflicts within the administration about how the stay at Trump's property went
The Air Force defended a stopover in March at Trump & # 39; s Turnberry resort in Scotland by claiming to be Saturday & # 39; the closest and cheapest accommodations & # 39; was available.
& # 39; The stopover of an American Air Force C-17 in Glasgow, Scotland is not unusual & # 39 ;, Brig. Gene. Ed Thomas said in a stop statement that included a crew stay at the Trump resort.
& # 39; While our crews perform these international air transportation missions, they follow strict guidelines for contracting hotel accommodations and all taxpayer dollar spending, & # 39; Thomas continued. & # 39; In this case, they made reservations through the Defense Travel System and used the closest available and cheapest accommodations at the airport within the permitted hotel rates. & # 39;
The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the then acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in June requesting documents related to travel and residence in connection with an investigation into conflicts of interest between the president and his companies.
The letter states that $ 11 million in fuel purchases from Defense since October 2017 at Prestwick Airport, which is closest to Turnberry, is a tactic to keep the Trump resort afloat by ensuring close flying.
The Air Force defended a crew that was staying at Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland in March and claimed that this was the & # 39; closest and cheapest accommodation & # 39; used to be
The House controlled by the Democrats examines the stay on the Trumps site in constant investigations into conflicts of interest between the president and his companies
House Democrats are also currently investigating Vice President Mike Pence's stay at the Trump Golf Resort in Doonbeg, Ireland, a week ago, claiming that the decision could have violated the Constitution's emoluments clause.
Thomas said the rate per day is a maximum of $ 166 per night and that the crew could get a cheaper rate of $ 136 at Trump Turnberry compared to the rate of $ 161 at the nearby Marriott hotel.
He said the Air Force is still reviewing the records, but so far has found nothing wrong with the crew's stay at Trump property.
Two in-house committees investigate another potential conflict of interest that they claim to be & # 39; serious & # 39; causes concern during Pence's stay at the Doonbeg resort in Trump during the previous week in Ireland.
The golf resort is 180 miles away and on the other side of Ireland, where Pence officially did business with meetings in Dublin.
Trump says he has not recommended Pence to stay in his club. Pence & # 39; s chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters who traveled with the vice president that Trump had the stay & # 39; suggested & # 39 ;.
This probe occurs while two in-house committees are also investigating Vice President Mike Pence's recent stay at Trump Golf Resort in Doobeg, Ireland
Pence flew 180 miles from the location of his meetings in Dublin to stay with Trump. There are conflicts about why this decision was made
Pence traveled by helicopter to the resort and paid his own picket for his wife and mother to join him.
Trump had stayed there after signing off the secret security service during his own recent trip.
However, the president told reporters Wednesday: & # 39; I was not involved except that it is a great place. & # 39; Trump said he was aware that Pence would be in the Doonbeg area because he has extended family in the area: & # 39; But it was not my idea that Mike would go there. & # 39;
The Democratic Chamber of Congress constantly expands its efforts to investigate the financial complications and business practices of the President.
House Democrats also say they will investigate Trump's decision to pitch a plan to organize next year's G7 at his Doral golf club in Florida. Trump mentioned the proximity of an airport and ample parking as one of the reasons why it defeated a group of competitors after instructing staff to explore locations.
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