Donald Trump insisted on Monday that he did not advocate Mike Pence or Defense personnel to stay with his property, claiming that he did not need the money from his overnight stays.
The president said on the southern lawn of the White House that he was his & # 39; financial condition & # 39; would reveal before the 2020 elections, and said people & # 39; shocked & # 39; would be about the numbers and how much property he owns.
& # 39; I own many different places, you will soon discover that. Because, at some point prior to the election, I'm going to release a financial report from me & # 39 ;, he told reporters before boarding Marine One. & # 39; And it will be extremely complete. I am going to give away my financial situation, and you will be very shocked that the numbers are what you think many, many times. I don't need anyone to spend the night in a hotel room. & # 39;
He did not say anything about releasing his long-sought tax return, which Democrats claim could resolve any conflicts of interest.
Donald Trump promised Monday his & # 39; financial condition & # 39; and said it would prove that he & # 39; no one needs to spend a room in a hotel & # 39 ;. He defended himself against claims he had to deal with arranging the stay of Mike Pence or a group of Airmen in his European resorts
In constant frustration with investigations against him, Trump has vigorously defended himself against claims that he may have violated the constitutional emoluments clause, which forbids members of the government from receiving gifts or entering into conflicts of interest between their private life and government position.
In a series of tweets Monday, Trump denied any involvement in the planning of his No. 2 crew or a crew of seven airmen to stay in his European resorts while traveling there.
He said, however, that both the vice president and the national watchmen of active service & # 39; good taste & # 39; had.
While Democratic House Committees continue to investigate potential conflicts of interest between the president and his private companies, the vice-president's stay last week at Trump's Doonbeg, Ireland resort and a stopover of the Air Force crew in Trump Turnberry in Scotland in March drawn attention .
& # 39; I had nothing to do with our great @VP Mike Pence's decision to spend the night at one of the resorts owned by Trump in Doonbeg, Ireland, & # 39; tweeted Trump Monday.
& # 39; Mike & # 39; s family have been living in Doonbeg for many years and he thought he would stop to see his family during his very busy European visit! & # 39; he added.
He also claimed that he was not even aware of the decision by the Air Force to take a crew of seven at his resort in Scotland on board during a gas stop in March en route to Kuwait.
& # 39; I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) in the vicinity of Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and refueling , where the crew spend the night in Turnberry (they have a good taste!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME & He posted in a second tweet.
Trump said Monday that the Air Force & # 39; good taste & # 39; has to choose to stay at his resort in Scotland during a fuel stop in March, but claims that he knew nothing about the crew's decision to stay there
A few minutes later he said that he & # 39; had nothing to do with the decision & # 39; for vice-president Mike Pence to stay during an official trip at the Trump golf resort in Doonbeg, Ireland last week
The two journeys have attracted the attention of House-controlled committees that are in the process of continually investigating possible conflicts of interest between the president and his companies
A newly reported study found that an Air Force crew was staying at Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland in March.
The Air Force defended the move this weekend and claimed that the accommodations at the President's resort were the & # 39; closest and cheapest & # 39; were 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, including a stay for seven active duty and National Guard crew members.
& # 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 House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the then acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in June, requesting the department to hand over all documents related to the trip, as it examines the conflicts of interest of the president.
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 started an internal investigation into the way in which it chooses nightly accommodation on long flights, especially in the vicinity of the airbase in Scotland.
& # 39; Air Force Leadership instructed Air Mobility Command to revise all guidelines regarding the selection of airports and accommodation during international travel, & # 39; said the Air Force Sunday in a statement.
Documents from the defense ministry show that the staff of the department has charged more than $ 300,000 for Trump brand properties since the beginning of the Trump presidency until last November.
Thomas claimed that a first review found nothing inappropriate about the stay in Turnberry.
& # 39; While we are still reviewing the travel reports, we have found nothing outside of the guidelines for selecting stopover airports on travel routes and hotel accommodation for crew rest & # 39 ;, he said.
A new investigation revealed that a group of seven active military and national guards were staying at Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland during an overnight stop en route to Kuwait in March. The Air Force has opened an internal investigation into how it chooses layovers near the air base in Scotland
Vice President Mike Pence visited family in Ireland after official affairs in Dublin. He stayed at the Doonbeg golf resort of Trump, which is 180 miles away from where he was conducting meetings
Trump said he didn't have a hand in Pence's decision to stay at his golf club in Ireland, but Pence's office says he & # 39; suggested & # 39; that he would stay there. Trump also stayed there during a recent trip to Ireland
The rate at both the Turnberry and a nearby Marriott hotel was both under $ 166 per diem cap, but Thomas said the crew could get a cheaper rate of $ 136 at Trump Turnberry compared to the $ 161 rate at the Marriott.
Two in-house committees also investigated Pence's stay at Trump's site last week while he was conducting meetings in Dublin. Pence had to travel 180 miles to arrive at the Trump Golf Resort, where he paid from his own pocket to have his wife and mother stay there too.
There are conflicts about why Pence is staying at a Trump resort, considering how far it is from where he did official business, and how the decision was made to transport him by helicopter to stay in Doonbeg.
Trump says he didn't recommend Pence to stay in his club, but vice president's chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters that Trump has proposed the stay & # 39;
On Wednesday, the president told reporters: & # 39; I was not involved except that it is a great place. & # 39;
He said he was aware that Pence would stop during his trip in Doonbeg because he had extended family in the area: & # 39; But it was not my idea that Mike would go there. & # 39;
Trump also stayed at his Doonbeg golf resort, following a secret service sign-off for security, during his recent trip to Ireland.
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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