Trump says he didn't know Air Force crew stayed at his resort

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

A government ethics watchdog is calling on the State Department's Office of Inspector General to investigate "possible corruption" after President Donald Trump's announcement that he is "possibly" looking to host global leaders at his Miami golf resort for next year's G7 summit.

Scottish government documents obtained by the Times show the Trump Organization made an arrangement with officials at Glasgow Prestwick Airport that routinely sends flight crews to Trump's Turnberry resort.

The letter cited reports that Trump and his company "have had significant, direct and detailed interactions with Prestwick Airport for years", including efforts to boost air traffic there.

It was reported that the Pentagon had not cooperated with the House investigation. He wrote: "I had nothing to do with the decision of our great [vice-president] Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump-owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland".

"In a presidency defined by profiteering and conflicts of interest, this is a new low", CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

The Air Force report followed a similar story involving Vice President Mike Pence, as VICE reported earlier last week.

"But he was there before I bought it, I believe, he said".

The Air Force has ordered a review of all worldwide layover stays...

"While initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that USA service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable", said Brig.

"Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance".

U. S. Airforce plane seen at the Warsaw Airport. "I think that it was a suggestion", said Short.

"If we need to make adjustments, we will", said Thomas.

"The day prior to this's proposal locations Turnberry in an very honest right explain and provides us meals for conception in our placement of crews transferring forward".

The episode has highlighted a little-known aspect of long-range us military flights.

Cummings is also concerned about Scotland's Prestwick Airport, looking into purchase orders for fuel totaling $11 million and reports that the airport offered cut-rate rooms for select passengers and crew, as well as free rounds of golf at Turnberry to visiting USA military and civilian air crews. Prior to that it had only been a "divert" location if other US military air facilities were unavailable. Longer trips sometimes involve additional crew members, according to a U.S. Air Force website.

A Department of Defense spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email, "As with all congressional correspondence, we will respond directly to the authors".

Re "U.S. military use of resort questioned" (Sept. 9): The Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR § 2635.702) prohibits the use of public office for private gain. The 259 stops and 220 overnight stays so far this year are already the highest in each category.

Since 2015, the command's aircraft has stopped at the airport 936 times, including 659 overnight stays.

"Taken together, the incidents raise the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump's Turnberry resort afloat - the property lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018", the report states. Most of those lodging options were offering rooms at rates between $45 and $150 a night, including many that are within 5 miles of the airport. However, he makes regular use of his own golf courses in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.

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