Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Donald Trump on the Turnberry golf course in 2014

"Two years before the 2016 election, President Trump spent hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase and renovate the Turnberry golf course in Scotland", said the letter, which was also signed by the Republican congressman Jamie Raskin.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating why a financially struggling airport near a Trump-owned golf course in Scotland has seen an uptick in expenditures by the USA military since President Donald Trump took office.

The seven-member crew of a C-17 Globemaster III flying to Kuwait followed all proper procedures and protocols when they stopped at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport and when they booked their stay at Trump's Turnberry resort for a mission in March, the Air Force's top spokesperson told Military.com on Saturday. "In this case, they made reservations through the Defense Travel System and used the closest available and least expensive accommodations to the airfield within the crews' allowable hotel rates". The other involves press reports that the airport has offered cut-rate rooms for select passengers and crew, and free rounds of golf at Turnberry to visiting us military and civilian air crews.

The debt-ridden airport has been fighting off closure and is said to be integral to the Trump business, which is also running at a loss.

While Thomas didn't explain why the joint Air Force-Alaska Air National Guard flight was routed through Scotland to get to Kuwait, Thomas stressed that, in general, "the stopover of a U.S. Air Force C-17 in Glasgow, Scotland, is not unusual".

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The issue of spending on Trump resorts also came up earlier this week when Secret Service veterans pressed Vice President Mike Pence about his decision to stay at a Trump's property in Doonbeg, Ireland, which was hundreds of miles away from his meeting in Dublin. "The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation", a senior Democratic aide on the oversight panel told Politico.

The letter alludes that $11 million in Protection Division gas purchases since October 2017 from Prestwick Airport, which is the closest to Turnberry, is a tactic to maintain Trump's resort afloat by making certain close-by air journey.

Trump says he did not recommend Pence stay at his club.

A Trump Organisation representative told The New York Times that military personnel have occasionally stayed at Trump Turnberry, but only a few times a year.

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