Air Force reviews hotel choices after Trump resort stay

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The Air Force said room rates at Trump's property did not exceed the allowable per diem.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster, like the one that made an overnight refueling stop in Scotland near a golf resort owned by President Trump.

In a statement released Sunday evening, the Air Force admitted that while those crews appeared to follow all guidelines and procedures, staying at the president's higher-end hotels might be allowed "but not advisable".

The letter writer from Escondido asserts that President Trump uses the office of the presidency for his personal gain.

Air Force officials do not know how many of those overnight stays occurred at the Turnberry property.

The Air Force is conducting a review of its global travel policies after a crew stayed at a resort owned by President Donald Trump, prompting an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The Trump administration has come under recent scrutiny for allegations of an unethically cozy relationship between U.S. Military and the Trump-owned property.

The president purchased the financially-struggling golf course on the west coast of Scotland in 2014, and he has never turned a profit on his investment.

The Trump Turnberry resort is about 24 miles south of the airport.

"A local agent on contract with the US government assisted with the reservations and indicated that there wasn't a room available closer to Prestwick airport", the Air Force said in a statement.

"As a list of hotels that we use for our business, being honest, Turnberry was always last on the list, based on price", Jules Matteoni, a manager at Glasgow Prestwick, wrote in June 2015 to executives at Trump Turnberry. The property had lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018. A choice by the Pentagon to maximize its use of the airport to refuel Air Pressure flights in 2015 experienced regional airport officials sending flight crews to accommodations in the spot for overnight stays, which include Turnberry, according to the paper. While those statistics do not disclose which hotel was used during those overnight stops, but the number of overnight stays has steadily increased since Trump clinched the presidency.

According to Air Force statistics the number of overnight stays has increased from 40 in 2015 to 220 by August 2019. Longer trips sometimes involve additional crew members, according to a U.S. Air Force website.

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin, both Maryland Democrats, threatened to subpoena Pentagon records related to that trip and others in which crews have stayed at Trump's Turnberry resort during flights from the Middle East to the United States. Gen. Ed Thomas said in a statement.

Mr Pence stayed at President Trump's luxury resort despite holding meetings in Dublin, some 180 miles away.

Donald Trump entered a partnership with a Scottish airport in 2014, prior to launching his White Residence bid, that routinely despatched flight crews to his Turnberry vacation resort, The New York Situations claimed Monday.

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves by helicopter on the third day of the Women's British Open golf championship at the golf resort his family owns in Turnberry, Scotland.

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