Whether Donald Trump Knew About Air Force Layovers Is 'Irrelevant': Raskin

Whether Donald Trump Knew About Air Force Layovers Is 'Irrelevant': Raskin”

The airport is near the US leader's Turnberry Resort and Air Force crews appear to have stayed there several times, including earlier this year on a stopover to Kuwait. It's unclear how often crews from those stays were sent to Trump Turnberry. Citing DLA statistics, Thomas said the per-gallon refueling cost for us military aircraft at Prestwick is $3.38, comparable to the $2.98 at a USA airbase, both are which are far cheaper than the $10 per gallon average for commercial aircraft.

A KC-135 crew is usually between three to four people, including the pilot, the navigator and the refueling boom operator. This Scotland part with the C-17s, flying into that weird little airport outside Glasgow? "NOTHING TO DO WITH ME", he tweeted.

"As our aircrews serve on these global airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars", the Air Force said in a statement Sunday night. "This implicates the military who apparently went along with this, didn't peep about it, and now isn't cooperating with congressional oversight committees that are trying to investigate it". Gen. Edward Thomas, director of Air Force Public Affairs.

"Air Force leadership directed Air Mobility Command to review all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during global travels", the Air Force said in a statement Sunday evening, which was first reported by Politico.

Thomas, the Air Force's top spokesman, said in a statement that "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".

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.

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

Amid a slew of Monday morning tweets attacking enemies and heralding his own achievements, the president said he had "nothing to do" with Pence's stay and "knew nothing" about official use of the airport near his course.

Over the weekend, it was reported that a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit en route to Kuwait stayed at Trump Turnberry in Scotland, which is more than 50 miles from the airbase at which they landed for the overnight stay. There are dozens of hotels closer to the airport, according to an online search of travel websites Monday. In 2015, USAF aircraft stopped at the base 95 times, according to numbers provided by Thomas.

The Air Force's review comes as House Democrats have ramped up investigations of whether Trump has possibly improperly profited from government funds flowing into his properties, including Turnberry.

The Maine crew's stay at the resort is the second time Maine has been drawn into concerns that the president may be violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause by using the office for financial gain. There were 40 in 2015, 75 in 2016, 116 in 2017, 208 in 2018 and 220 through August 2019. In July, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Democratic attorneys general over the hotel, saying the case lacked legal standing.

Cummings said in a statement: "The committee does not believe that United States taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies".

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