A letter from the Department of Defense to the House Oversight Committee revealed that the U.S. Military has spent up to $184,000 at a Scottish golf course owned by President Donald Trump.
The letter is in response to news that Trump had a deal with Scotland’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport, in which officials at the airport would direct flight crews looking for lodging to Trump Turnberry golf course and resort. Since before Trump’s presidency, the U.S. Air Force would often stop at Glasgow Prestwick to refuel and stay overnight, leaving the lodging recommendations to airport officials.
That’s where Trump’s 2014 deal with the airport comes in.
But it was the second part of this effort that was really the key for Trump Org. It negotiated with the Prestwick airport to refer customers to the Trump Turnberry. When air crews arrived at the regional airport, it would send them to Trump. See this email. pic.twitter.com/bJnC9eOYIz
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) September 10, 2019
The number of stops and subsequent stays at the resort have seen a marked increase each year since Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
Glasgow Prestwick had been struggling to stay afloat, in turn endangering the revenue of Trump Turnberry, which depends on the airport in order to stay afloat.
The patronage of Trump’s hotel by the U.S. Military may be a violation of the Emoluments clause, which prohibits a President from using his or her public service for private profit.
Some people believe Trump has done exactly that.
To believe USAF's claim that stays at Turnberry were normal, you'd have to believe: its a coincidence Trump owns it, emoluments are ok, no hotels under $166 were within 30 miles of the airport, the cost of meals + incidentals is irrelevant and an appearance of corruption is fine.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 8, 2019
SO YOU WOULD KNOW – EMOLUMENTS?? .
This airport in Scotland was struggling. If it closed, Trump Turnberry would be far less economically viable. And now it appears that he’s used his public power to prop it up for private gain, which is the definition of corruption.
— eddie brite (@EgbBrite4774) September 8, 2019
The Military Has Spent $184,000 At Trump’s Scottish Golf Resort In 2 Years.
That is only the obvious and direct emoluments.
Then there is the small issue of millions for airplane fuel to support the airport the resort depends on to exist…
— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina_McDa) September 19, 2019
Abuse of office, corruption, violation of emoluments clause-#ImpeachTrump for wasting MILLIONS in taxpayer money by spending way more at Prestwick Airport instead of military airports, just to keep Prestwick operating — for the benefit of the Trump resort. https://t.co/yZzsLdOZaF
— Nasty Woman DMac (@WriterDMac) September 18, 2019
And even if everything was in perdiem, and even if trump didn’t make a deal to prop up the failing airport that services his failing golf course, and pay millions more for fuel, he shouldn’t be breaking the emoluments clause by even a hint of impropriety by allowing it. https://t.co/SkXIacfdcv
— James D. Keller (@Golmer) September 13, 2019
Trump’s emoluments embarrassment is far from over. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting off the Presidency on September 28.
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