'Nothing to do with me': President responds to Alaska service members staying at Trump-owned hotel in Scotland
President Donald Trump says he had no role in a joint U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit booking an overnight stay at his Turnberry Resort in Scotland.
The president tweeted Monday morning he knew nothing about the service members landing in Scotland to refuel their plane. Trump confirmed, however, that he owns the resort where the Alaska crew stayed.
The president's response comes after a report originally published by Politico claimed a military aircraft flew from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in March, then spent a night at the Turnberry, 50 miles away from Glasgow. The service members were on their way to a mission in Kuwait.
Politico says the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has been investigating since April why the crew stayed at the president's resort.
"The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland," Politico's report reads. "According to a letter the 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 U.S. military base."
The president followed the Air Force tweet with another response stating he had no role in Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a Trump-owned resort in Ireland.
The House Committee on the Judiciary said Friday they along with the oversight committee, sent letters requesting information about what they called "multiple efforts by the President, Vice President, and other Trump Administration officials to spend taxpayer funds at properties owned by the President in potential violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses."
"The committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” wrote Oversight and Reform Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland.
CBS News reported that according to the Air Force, the March booking at the president's resort, priced at $161 per night, was cheaper than a nearby Marriott property where the seven active-duty members stayed on their way back from Kuwait. The price was also below the $166 per diem rate.
On Sunday, the Air Force ordered a review of their process to book accommodations during international layovers.
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