The U.S. Air Force ordered a review of how the air force provides overnight accommodations for crews following reports that air force members stayed in President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort.
The review comes after the Friday revelation that an Air National Guard crew stopped overnight at Trump‘s Turnberry resort in Scotland in September 2018 while en route to deliver supplies to Kuwait. The crew refueled the plane at Prestwick Airport in Glasgow and stayed overnight at the resort.
In the past, the C-17 crew stopped at U.S. military bases to refuel, where fuel is generally cheaper.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan requesting documents about military spending at Turnberry and Prestwick Airport, where it found the military has spent about $11 million since October 2017.
House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings also sent letters in early September requesting information about Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at Trump’s Ireland resort.
Cummings sent the letters to the White House, U.S. Secret Service, the Trump Organization, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short.
“Initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas told Politico.
“Lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable,” Thomas added. “Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance.”
Thomas also said that even when Air Force aircrews follow direction and guidance, the Air Force must be conscious of “perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of aircrew staying at such locations.”
The Air Force did not yet respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Trump tweeted Monday that he knew “nothing” about an air force crew staying overnight at his resort in Scotland.
“I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!),” POTUS tweeted, adding “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.”
I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
Trump followed up with another tweet, saying, “I had nothing to do with the decision of our great Vice President Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland. 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!”
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