US President Donald Trump and the US Air Force (USAF) are both pushing back after a recent report which claimed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating military expenditures to determine whether Trump is using the armed forces to keep his business afloat.
Trump took a brief pause from his media coverage-related grievances Monday to assure netizens that he had neither no prior knowledge of nor involvement with a C-17 Globemaster III crew that seemingly went out of their way to patronize his Turnberry, Scotland, resort.
Trump’s assertion of innocence follows the spread of a Friday report by Politico which revealed Congress had been investigating details surrounding a seven-member C-17 crew’s stay at the luxury waterside resort during a routine trip to and from Kuwait earlier this year.
Citing a House Oversight Committee letter to the Pentagon from June, Politico reported that the USAF has spent approximately $11 million on fuel at the Prestwick Airport since October 2017. While fuel is a costly aviation expense, sticker shock is usually avoided by fueling up at a US military base.
Additionally, Turnberry is 30 miles away from the airport and surrounded by a number of chain hotels such as Marriotts and Hiltons, which are generally cheaper and more in line with service members’ allotted per diem.
The report says one of the C-17 crew members was immediately thrown off by the Turnberry booking and that he messaged a personal acquaintance…