Air Force using taxpayer money to bail out Trump’s failing Scottish golf course; Congress investigating; Air Force stonewalling

Courtesy of Politico:

In early Spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies.

What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland.

Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident. But they have yet to receive any answers from the Pentagon.

The inquiry is part of a broader, previously unreported probe into U.S. military expenditures at and around the Trump property in Scotland. According to a letter the panel sent to the Pentagon in June, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport — the closest airport to Trump Turnberry — since October 2017, fuel that would be cheaper if purchased at a U.S. military base. The letter also cites a Guardian report that the airport provided cut-rate rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for U.S. military members.

Taken together, the incidents raise the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat — the property lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018.

This is a really troubling story all on its own to be sure, but what may be even more troubling is the fact that so far the Pentagon has refused to cooperate with the Congressional investigation.

If this is no big deal the Defense Department should not feel there is anything to hide.

If it is a big deal and the Pentagon tries to stonewall . . . well . . .

 

UPDATE.  Now we know why Trump has ordered the Air Force to use Prestwick Airport.  In 2014, Trump partnered with Prestwick to make it the official hub for Turnberry.  Thus, all air traffic coming through Prestwick pays the Trump organization.

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