The crew of a US Air Force C-17 stayed at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, during a March refueling stop en route to Kuwait, the Air Force acknowledged, again raising ethics questions about government use of the President’s private entities. The Air Force, which said in a statement it was reviewing the trip records, said the stop was “not unusual.” But it’s another example of Trump’s company earning money from taxpayer dollars, which has led some government watchdogs to argue the arrangement breaches ethical norms and potentially violates a clause of the US Constitution.
“As our air crews serve on these international airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas said in a statement. The House Oversight Committee has been investigating for several months whether increased military expenditures benefiting the Trump Turnberry golf course and resort in Scotland represent a conflict of interest for the President, according to committee documents. But the Defense Department has refused to comply with investigators’ requests to date.
Trump claims that he gave the Air Force a discounted rate to stay at his failing golf club in Scotland, but data shows that the rate was nearly twice as much as the average hotel room cost.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) September 8, 2019
“They didn’t have enough money; their per diem allowance didn’t even allow them to buy food and drinks there,” @NatashaBertrand told @maddow Friday night about the Air Force personnel diverted to Trump’s Scotland resort. “They felt totally out of place.” https://t.co/HgtNmptkx4
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 8, 2019
“The crew were so confused by what was happening when they were rerouted to Scotland to refuel at this tiny airport outside of Turnberry because they had never done that before in the fifty-plus trips they had taken to do these routine supply trips."https://t.co/rDkY02ufOc
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) September 7, 2019