Contrary to allegations that Donald Trump is using his government position to stimulate his business in Scotland, a new report reveals that he made a deal before he became president to direct more air traffic to a region close to his Turnberry resort.
Shortly after acquiring the now-owned Trump brand in Turnberry, Scotland in 2014, Trump signed a deal with a struggling local airport to increase air traffic and tourism in the region, The New York Times reported Monday.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is approximately 30 km by car to the President's Turnberry resort.
Combined with the deal that Trump has concluded, the Pentagon decided in 2015 to increase the use of Prestwick Airport for refueling air force flights and gave the airport authority the responsibility to find accommodations for crews traveling in Scotland overnight. had to stay.
Although both arrangements were made before Trump was elected president, the situations surrounding Trump Turnberry Air Force use raised eyebrows at Democratic-led House committees that were already investigating potential conflicts of interest between the president and his companies.
Donald Trump signed a deal with Glasgow Prestwick Airport in 2014 to drive more air traffic and tourism to the region if the airport were to add Trump's Turnberry resort to the list of hotels it would regularly send crews
Donald Trump jr. Beat the New York Times as & # 39; sick & # 39; because he did not mention in his tweet that he revealed the arrangement that he had been made before his father even ran to become president
The issue came to the fore recently after a report appeared last week that the House Oversight Committee was investigating a March stopover in Scotland on its way to Kuwait, where a crew of seven national guardsmen and active Airmen were staying for the night in Trump Turnberry.
Trump denied having any knowledge of the selection of accommodations for the crew.
& # 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 & tweet the president on Monday.
Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., hit the Times Tuesday because in his tweet he had omitted agreements between the Trump company and the Scottish airport that it had been achieved before his father became president.
& # 39; Strange that your tweet will not say in 2014? I mean, you wouldn't want people to know that you're biased and trying to make a story. Ill! & # 39; Trump Jr., posted on Twitter.
The Times tweet, with a link to the article, reads: & # 39; Documents obtained from Scottish government agencies show that the Trump organization and Trump themselves have played a direct role in setting up a settlement between the Turnberry resort and officials at Glasgow Prestwick Airport & # 39; .
In his tweet, Trump Jr. wrote: & # 39; I made it for you: well before politics, a developer of the largest and most luxurious resort in the area worked with local communities! & # 39;
Politics now reports that since September 2018 the air force at Turnberry has stepped on at least four different tank stops during the transport of crews between the US and the Middle East.
In total, more than 60 service members stayed with Trump Turnberry during the four well-known trips.
In a tweet Monday, Trump said the Air Force & # 39; good taste & # 39; has to choose to stay at his resort in Scotland, but claimed he knew nothing about the crew's decision to stay there
A new report reveals that on four separate journeys between September 2018 and June 2019 at least 60 service members were staying at Trump Turnberry during US-Middle East stops.
Trump & # 39; s deal with the 2014 airport included Prestwick by adding Trump Turnberry to a list of hotels that the airport would regularly send crews to.
During a visit to the airport in 2014, Trump promised to help increase traffic at the airport, the Times reported. He referred in particular to his plans to control corporate jets and to attract other commercial traffic.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed its separate arrangement with Glasgow Prestwick Airport on Monday, where it serves to refuel US military planes and assist in arranging hotel accommodation for crews.
Brig. General Ed Thomas said on the weekend that there were a few accommodations below the $ 166 per day limit for overnight stays for the March stay, but claimed that Turnberry was cheaper at a rate of $ 136 compared to a nearby Marriott that was $ 161 per night used to be.
He rationalized that Turnberry was the & # 39; closest and least expensive accommodation & # 39; was available, and the Air Force confirmed in a statement: & # 39; A local agent on contract with the US government helped with the reservations and indicated that there was no room available closer to Prestwick airport. & # 39;
Thomas also said that an initial assessment of the stay did not lead to anything unusual.
In a letter from the House Oversight Committee in June asking for documents related to the stay, it is stated that the millions of people who have been buying fuel at Defwick since October 2017 are a tactic to keep the Trump resort afloat by ensuring a higher level of air travel through the region.
DoD documents show that departmental staff have charged more than $ 300,000 for Trump brand properties since the start of Trump & # 39; s presidency until last November.
The Air Force started an internal investigation into the choice of overnight accommodation on long flights.
House committees investigating potential breaches of the Emoluments Clause, prohibiting government members from receiving gifts, are also investigating a recent stay at Vice President Mike Pence at Trump's Doonbeg Golf Resort.
The choice of accommodations for the crews of the Air Force and Vice President is another example of the Trump company that makes money with tax money.
Mike Pence was also shot at because he was staying at Trump & # 39; s resort Doonbeg in Ireland, a distance of over 180 kilometers from where he did official business in Dublin, Ireland last week
Pence turned 180 miles from his official meetings in Dublin, Ireland, to remain in the Trump Doonbeg helicopter. He paid from his own pocket for his wife and mother to stay at the resort.
Trump said he was not involved in Pence's decision to stay with his property, but said his No. 2 & # 39; good taste & # 39; has.
Vice President Marc Short's Chief of Staff, however, told reporters that Trump suggested staying at Doonbeg & # 39 ;.
While talking to reporters outside the White House on Monday, Trump insisted that he didn't need any money from government officials who stayed with his property.
He also promised to be his & # 39; financial condition & # 39; to be announced before the 2020 elections to prove that.
& # 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.
& # 39; I don't need anyone to spend the night in a hotel, & # 39; he said.
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