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Trump denies knowledge of Air Force stay at Trump resort in Scotland

Trump denies knowledge of Air Force stay at Trump resort in Scotland”

"Instead, at President Trump's "suggestion, ' Pence is staying at Trump's golf course 180 miles away in Doonbeg, Ireland, a village on the opposite coast of the country, and commute by plane - at taxpayer expense". According to a letterthe panel sent to the Pentagon in June, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport - the closest airport to Trump Turnberry - since October 2017, fuel that would be cheaper if purchased at a USA military base.

Through August this year, there were 259 Air Force aircraft stopovers at Prestwick, including 220 overnight stays, according to the Air Force.

Trump added: "Mike's family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!"

Citing Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) records, it said the USA military had made 629 fuel purchase orders at the airport, totalling $11m (£9m), since October 2017.

Speaking to reporters at the White House this evening, Mr Trump referred to Mike Pence's family links to Doonbeg and the fact that the US Vice President had previously stayed at the hotel years ago, before it was owned by the Trump Organisation.

President Trump and the U.S. Air Force are trying to tamp down questions about conflicts of interest that erupted over stays by Air Force personnel at Trump's luxury golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

Democrats have accused the Vice President of funnelling United States taxpayers' money into a Trump business and have requested documents from the White House, the office of the Vice President, the Secret Service and the Trump Organisation.

Over the weekend the U.S. Air Force announced that Air Mobility Command would review its guidance for the selection of airports and lodging accommodation for air crews during worldwide flights.

"U.S. Service members lodging at resort accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable", said Edwards, reports WSJ.

In a statement issued by Pence's office after Short's comments, the office said, "Because of some misreporting, we want to clarify that the decision to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, Ireland was exclusively a decision by the Office of the Vice President and was based on the requirement to find accommodations near the Vice President's ancestral hometown that could satisfy official meetings on both coasts of the Emerald Isle".

The Pentagon's chief spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said he didn't know whether the increased exhaust of Prestwick has also led to an originate greater in exhaust of the Trump Turnberry hotel.

The deal with the US Defence Logistics Agency (DLA), which manages the global supply chain for the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, is by far the airport's single biggest revenue stream.

Statistics provided Sunday by the Air Force revealed that the Air Mobility Command aircraft stopped at Prestwick a total of 936 times - 659 of those stops included overnight stays - between 2015 and 2019.

A view from the hotel of the clubhouse and driving ranges with the Turnberry Lighthouse with the Isle of Arran behind at the Trump Turnberry Resort on October 29, 2018 in Turnberry, Scotland.

Visit: US Vice President Mike Pence and his sister Anne and wife Karen are greeted by locals in Doonbeg, Co Clare, earlier this month.

On previous trips to the Middle East, the C-17 had landed at US air bases such as Ramstein Air Base in Germany or Naval Station Rota in Spain to refuel, according to one person familiar with the trips.

"It's got to be suitable, it's got be available, and it's got to be within the cost of the hotel rate", said Thomas. An Air Force official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that the service is considering whether it is appropriate for airmen to stay at Trump properties on official travel while Trump remains in the Oval Office, but a decision has not been made.

Another surprising angle is that in some cases air crews are the ones that make their own lodging accommodations using the Defense Travel System.



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