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Air Force Sets Probe of Stopovers After Trump Scotland Reports

The Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland
The Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:17 PM

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday ordered a review of all international stopovers after it was reported that flight crews stayed at President Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.

"Air Force leadership directed air mobility command to review all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during international travels," the Air Force said in a statement reported by the Evening Standard.

The decision came after Congress began an ethics investigation into the use of the Trump resort for air-crew accommodations while military planes were being refueled at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Congressional investigators will work to determine whether the Air Force is increasing the president's fortunes at Turnberry, which has raised concerns about possible conflicts of interest, the Evening Standard reported.

Air Force layovers in Scotland reportedly have tripled since 2015 and overnight stays by crews have reportedly increased five-fold.

Military officials insisted that no evidence of wrongdoing has been uncovered and that air crews traveling through Scotland had adhered to all agency procedures.

President Trump on Monday tried to tamp down controversy over the issue after reports that a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit traveling to Kuwait stayed at Turnberry, which was more than 50 miles from the airbase where they landed for an overnight stay.

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.

After Trump began his presidential campaign the following year, the Pentagon increased its use of Prestwick and gave local airport officials the authority to help "find accommodations for flight crews who had to remain overnight."

The Times based its reporting on government records that were released through Scottish Freedom of Information law.

They showed that the Trump Organization, and the president, "played a direct role in setting up an arrangement between the Turnberry resort and officials at Glasgow Prestwick," according to the report.

Beginning in 2014, the documents said, the Trump organization "entered a partnership with the airport to try to increase private and commercial air traffic" and worked to get Trump Turnberry "added to a list of hotels that the airport would routinely send aircrews to," despite the resort being 20 miles from the airport.

The location is "farther away than many other hotels, and has higher advertised prices," the Times reported.

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The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday ordered a review of all international stopovers after it was reported that flight crews stayed at President Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.
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