US House Probes Whether Trump Directed US Military To Prop Up His Scotland Golf Resort With Multiple Visits

Politico reports:

In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland.

Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon.

The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland. 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.

NBC News reports:

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is not getting cooperation from the Pentagon in its probe of military sleepovers at President Trump’s golf resort in Scotland, a senior Democratic aide told NBC News.

The conflict-of-interest probe, first reported Friday by Politico, seeks Department of Defense documents and other information related to post-election military stops in Prestwick, Scotland, not far from Trump Turnberry, according to a letter co-signed by oversight Chairman and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

“The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation,” the aide said. “The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not begin complying voluntarily in the coming days.”

CNN reports:

In a June letter to then-acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and fellow Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin detailed their investigation into the golf course and nearby Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

They allege that the airport, a key location as the closest airport to Turnberry, has seen an uptick in military spending since Trump won the presidency. Both Turnberry and the airport have operated at significant losses over the past few years. “Despite Prestwick Airport’s struggling operations, US military expenditures at the airport appear to have increased substantially since the election,” the lawmakers wrote.

They cite records of the Defense Logistics Agency showing 629 fuel purchase orders adding up to $11 million since October 2017, as well as reports of the Prestwick airport providing discounted rooms to some crews and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for American — specifically military — crews.