Air Force to review lodging rules amid Trump property flap

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On Sunday night, the United States air force ordered a review of all global layover stays.

In a sternly-worded letter authored by staff for Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and addressed to Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, the House Oversight Committee is reiterating "a request originally made several months ago" regarding the housing of military servicemembers at the golf course and hotel owned by President Donald Trump-as well as the use of public funds "at a nearby commercial airport owned by the Scottish government".

While Trump sought to clear his name, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said that whether or not the president knew about the Air Force's use of his Scotland hotel is "irrelevant" because either way "he can't be taking that money".

Trump added: "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!"

The U.S. Air Force has ordered a review of all global layover stays in the aftermath of a report that crew members stayed at President Donald Trump's luxury resort in Scotland at least twice in the past year, which raised ethics questions about whether the president has potentially profited from official government use of his private entities.

The committee is probing Trump's potential conflicts of interest related to the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clauses.

To date, almost $20 million has been spent by the USA government at Turbnerry and Prestwick, according to the congressional letter.

Vice President Mike Pence also drew fire from Democrats earlier this month when he met with Irish leaders in the capital Dublin but stayed at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump nearly 180 miles away at his boss's urging.

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The Air Force is calling for a wide-ranging review of housing policies for personnel operating around the world in the wake of multiple reports that crew members have stayed at Trump properties during overnight refueling stops.

Air Power journeys to the airport, nevertheless, have elevated annually President Trump has been in workplace, the Instances says.

The Air Force probe follows a report Monday in The New York Times that Trump struck a deal with Prestwick in 2014 to increase traffic at the airport after he acquired Turnberry.

Prior to posting about the resort stories, Trump once again blasted away at the media for its one-sided coverage of his presidency.

The Politico report argues that crews on previous trips to the Middle East have stopped at US air bases in other countries where refueling would cost less than at a commercial airport. From 95 stopovers in 2015, at the side of 40 in a single day stays, the amount jumped to 257 remaining one year, at the side of 208 in a single day stays.

"He told me that he stayed there many years ago, before I bought it", Mr Trump said.

The New York Times reported that as Mr. Trump began his eventually successful bid for the White House, the "Pentagon made a decision to ramp up its use of that same airport to refuel Air Force flights and gave the local airport authority the job of helping to find accommodations for flight crews who had to remain overnight".

"What we need to look at is, even if something falls within the travel regulations, is it appropriate to stay at places that some people may consider a luxury property?" said Jonathan Hoffman, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

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