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WorldTrump Had Arrangement With Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort in Scotland

03:15  10 september  2019
03:15  10 september  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel Military officials are disputing a report that claims a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit on a refueling mission to Kuwait went miles out of their way to spend the night at a resort in Scotland owned by President Donald Trump. Politico first reported that the military transport that took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in March spent the night at the Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow.

WASHINGTON — United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland while Defense Department planes stop over and refuel at the nearby airport , according to a person with direct knowledge of the arrangement .

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has ordered a review of its procedures used to decide where personnel are put up during overnight layovers, after conceding on Sunday that the decision to place a crew at the luxury resort owned by the Trump family in Scotland this year “might be allowable but

WASHINGTON — Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region.

Trump Had Arrangement With Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort in Scotland© Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME,” President Trump tweeted on Monday, in response to reports of service members staying at his hotel in Scotland.

The next year, as Mr. Trump began running for president, the Pentagon decided 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.

House panel probes fortunes of airport near Trump resort in Scotland

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US President Donald Trump has said he knows "nothing" about an Air Force plane landing at an airport near his Turnberry Resort in Scotland The US House Oversight Committee has actually been probing why the crew on the military transport plane made the stop at the Trump resort since

Donald Trump has attempted to dismiss suggestions of impropriety over Vice-President Mike Pence’ s stay at his Doonbeg resort in Ireland and US According to Politico, which broke news of the House investigation, the letter said US military spending at Prestwick, the closest airport to Trump ’ s resort

Those two separate arrangements have now intersected in ways that provide the latest evidence of how Mr. Trump’s continued ownership of his business produces regular ethical questions.

On Monday, President Trump sought to tamp down a growing controversy over a stay at the resort by United States military personnel who were traveling through the airport in Scotland in March. First on Twitter and later speaking to reporters at the White House, he said he was not involved in any decision to put an Air Force flight crew at the resort, known as Trump Turnberry.

“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!),” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.”

Air Force acknowledges crew stayed at Trump resort during refueling but says it was 'not unusual'

Air Force acknowledges crew stayed at Trump resort during refueling but says it was 'not unusual' The crew of a US Air Force C-17 stayed at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, during a March refueling stop en route to Kuwait, the Air Force acknowledged, again raising ethics questions about government use of the President's private entities. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Air Force, which said in a statement it was reviewing the trip records, said the stop was "not unusual.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he knew "nothing" about air force crews 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

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 U. S . military and civilian air crews . Pentagon officials had no immediate comment. “Given the president’ s continued financial stake in his Scotland

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But documents obtained from Scottish government agencies show that the Trump Organization, and Mr. Trump himself, played a direct role in setting up an arrangement between the Turnberry resort and officials at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The government records, released through Scottish Freedom of Information law, show that the Trump organization, starting in 2014, entered a partnership with the airport to try to increase private and commercial air traffic to the region.

As part of that arrangement, the Trump Organization worked to get Trump Turnberry added to a list of hotels that the airport would routinely send aircrews to, even though the Turnberry resort is 20 miles from the airport, farther away than many other hotels, and has higher advertised prices.

Trump Organization executives held a series of meetings with the airport officials to negotiate terms that would lead to more referrals, the documents show.

Air Force leaders order probe of Trump resort stays

Air Force leaders order probe of Trump resort stays Stopovers at Scotland airport have tripled since 2015 and overnight stays in the area are up five-fold.

Stopovers at Scotland airport have tripled since 2015 and overnight stays in the area are up five-fold. And the C-17 crew ’ s overnight stay at Trump ’ s Turnberry resort in Scotland earlier this year Accusations that Trump ’ s properties are unfairly profiting off of his administration have dogged the

An Air Force C-17 crew stayed at Trump ' s Turnberry resort in Scotland for a night in March during The Air Force is reviewing its procedures for choosing hotels after revelations about a crew staying He added that the 54-mile-trip from Prestwick Airport to Turnberry is "not a remarkable distance to

“As a list of hotels that we use for our business, being honest, Turnberry was always last on the list, based on price,” Jules Matteoni, a manager at Glasgow Prestwick, wrote in June 2015 to executives at Trump Turnberry. “Yesterday’s proposal places Turnberry in a favorable position and gives us food for thought in our placement of crews moving forward.”

Mr. Trump visited Glasgow Prestwick in 2014 and promised to help increase traffic at the airport, although at the time he was largely referring to plans to drive corporate jets there and attract other commercial traffic perhaps carrying golfers on the way to his resort.

“Forging a new partnership between the airport and the Trump Organization will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial,” Iain Cochrane, then the chief executive of the airport, said at the time of Mr. Trump’s visit.

Both the Defense Department and executives at the airport confirmed on Monday that the airport also has a separate arrangement with the United States Air Force. Under that arrangement, the Scottish airport not only refuels American military planes but also helps arrange hotel accommodations for arriving crews, as it does for some civilian and commercial aircraft.

Trump tweets he had 'nothing' to do with Turnberry, Doonbeg visits

Trump tweets he had 'nothing' to do with Turnberry, Doonbeg visits President Trump is denying any knowledge of an Air Force crew’s decision to stop at his Turnberry resort in Scotland, a subject that has drawn scrutiny from congressional Democrats. © The Hill Trump tweets he had 'nothing' to do with Turnberry, Doonbeg visits In a series of tweets, Trump also again denied involvement in the decision by Vice President Mike Pence to stay at his property in Doonbeg, Ireland, during an official visit last week despite his meetings being on the opposite site of the country in Dublin, its capital.

Donald Trump has arrived in Scotland as thousands of people gathered to protest against his visit. The US president touched down at Prestwick Airport shortly The Scotland United Against Trump group had said it hoped to attract about 3,000 people to the Glasgow protest, which organisers said

Trump Turnberry Resort in Turnberry, Scotland . The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee earlier said it began a probe into the decision by a C-17 crew to refuel at a small commercial airport near Trump ’ s Turnberry resort and stay overnight at the Scotland property.

“We provide a full handling service for customers and routinely arrange overnight accommodation for visiting aircrew when requested,” the Prestwick airport said in a statement on Monday. “We use over a dozen local hotels, including Trump Turnberry, which accounts for a small percentage of the total hotel bookings we make.”

It was through the arrangement with the Pentagon that a seven-person United States Air Force crew ended up staying at the Trump Turnberry in March. An Air Force C-17 military transport plane was on its way from Alaska to Kuwait when it stopped at Prestwick overnight to refuel and give the crew a break.

The crew, which consisted of active duty and national guard members from Alaska, was charged $136 per room, which was less expensive than a Marriott property’s rate of $161. And both were under the per diem rate of $166.

“A local agent on contract with the U.S. government assisted with the reservations and indicated that there wasn’t a room available closer to Prestwick airport,” the Air Force said in a statement. A Defense Department official added on Monday that “yes — the Air Force relies on a contracted representative at the Prestwick airport to support our aircrew needs.”

The number of such stops by Air Force planes at Prestwick rose from 180 in 2017 to 257 last year and 259 so far this year. The 259 stops this year included 220 overnight stays. Since October 2017, records show 917 payments for expenses including fuel at the airport worth a total of $17.2 million.

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Proposed ban on Pentagon spending at Trump properties gets new push The House voted in July to bar the Defense Department from spending money at Trump properties worldwide as part of annual defense policy legislation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "The House sent a clear message by adopting our amendment in July that we will not allow taxpayer funds, including the defense budget, to be used to enrich the President," Rep. Don Beyer, one of the sponsors of the proposal, told POLITICO in a statement Monday.

Most affected passengers would already have been in contact with BA, but they may not have considered additional costs, such as airport parking. They are advised to keep receipts for these extra costs, and BA said it would look at refunding them on a case-by-case basis.

The Air Force has not said how many of its staff have stayed at the president' s resort . Democrats and critics argue such stays might enrich the president at taxpayers' expense as crews who land at the airport then go on to stay at the nearby Trump Turnberry resort . The House Oversight and Reform

Air Force officials could not say on Monday how many times military crews had been sent to Trump Turnberry, but added that they are now going through vouchers to come up with such a count.

Lt. Gen. Jon T. Thomas, the deputy commander of the Air Force Air Mobility Command, said in an interview on Monday that the rising number of military stopovers at Prestwick was entirely based on operational demands, as the airport is in a convenient location, has 24-hour operations and offers ample aircraft parking, among other advantages. He added that the Air Force has been using Prestwick for stopovers since at least the late 1990s.

But he agreed that the decision to place Air Force crew members at a hotel owned by Mr. Trump’s family had created questions that the Defense Department needed to address. As a result, the Air Force is now reviewing policies on where crews are put up in hotels during international trips.

“Let’s make sure we are considering potential for misperception that could be created by where we billet the aircrews,” he said. “It is a reasonable ask for us to make sure we are being sensitive to misperceptions that could be formed by the American people or Congress or anyone else.”

Mr. Trump disputed that there were any legitimate questions about the stay by the Air Force crew, suggesting that he was so wealthy that the business was inconsequential to him.

“I don’t need to have somebody take a room overnight at a hotel,” Mr. Trump said.

He also dismissed suggestions that he was profiting when Vice President Mike Pence recently spent two nights at the Trump family’s golf resort in Doonbeg, Ireland.

“So what is happening is the following: Every time you find a person landing in an airplane within 500 miles of something I own, Mike Pence, as an example, his family lives in Doonbeg, Ireland,” Mr. Trump said, rejecting these questions as unfounded.

Eric Schmitt and Thomas Gibbons-Neff contributed reporting.

Military has spent nearly $200,000 at Trump’s Scottish resort since 2017.
The spending paid for the equivalent of hundreds of nights of rooms over approximately three dozen separate stays, the committee said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Air Force confirmed last week that its crews had stayed up to 40 times at Trump’s property since 2015, but it has not provided a breakdown of the number of stays since Trump was elected.

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