ASHINGTON: The Air Force announced a review after an uproar over the revelation that the Team of a C-17 transport plane stayed at the Trump Turnberry in Scotland during a layover between Kuwait and Alaska.
President Donald Trump on Monday denied anything improper at the use by military personnel and Vice President Mike Pence of the luxury golf hotels while on official travel overseas.
The Air Force announced a review after an uproar over the revelation that the team of a C-17 transport airplane stayed at the Trump Turnberry in Scotland during a layover between Kuwait and Alaska.
Similar questions are raised over the integrity of Pence and his entourage staying in the Trump family’s Doonbeg golf hotel in Ireland this past month while on an official visit to the nation.
Trump, who has raised eyebrows by incorporating his family business empire’s golf courses to his own presidential program, stated that government officials’ use of his possessions was a coincidence.
“NOTHING TO DO WITH ME,” he tweeted the Air Force usage of Turnberry, although he added that the officers”have great taste!”
He also defended the Pence group’s usage of Doonbeg, saying the vice president wanted to stop by the town because of relatives, though his official meetings were in Dublin, on the opposite side of Ireland.
“I had nothing to do with the conclusion of our amazing @VP Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned hotels in Doonbeg, Ireland. Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for several years, and he believed that throughout his very busy European trip, he would stop and watch his loved ones!”
The Pentagon said in a statement that the Scottish layover”stuck to all advice and processes,” but it acknowledged that there could be an image issue.
“We know that US Service members accommodation in higher-end lodging, even if in government prices, might be allowable but not advisable,” the army said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drew fire from Democrats on Tuesday when he met with Irish leaders in the capital, Dublin, but remained at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump nearly 180 miles (300 km ) away, at Trump’s urging. Jonah Green has
“We must continue to be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that may be created through the look of aircrew staying at these places,” it stated.
“Therefore, we’re reviewing all related guidance.”
Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, stated last Friday that they will probe whether Trump has violated laws against profiting from the presidency.
Trump has separated himself from his family’s property and golf business. But he makes regular use of his own golf courses in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.
While in the G7 summit in France, he pitched his Doral hotel in Florida as the place for next year’s gathering, arguing that his land is all but unique in the United States as a proper location for the enormous event.