SHANNON, Eire (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drew criticism from Democrats on Tuesday when he started a two-day go to to Eire with conferences within the capital, Dublin, however stayed at a resort owned by President Donald Trump virtually 300 kilometers (180 miles) away.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures to supporters in Cincinnati, Ohio. U.S., August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston -/File Picture
Pence flew to Dublin on Tuesday after spending the night time on the Trump Worldwide Golf Membership in Doonbeg on the west coast of Eire. The resort additionally hosted the Trump household throughout a brief journey to Eire by the president in June.
Requested if Trump had steered Pence keep on the property, the vice chairman’s chief of employees, Marc Quick, instructed journalists, “I believe that it was a suggestion.”
“It’s like after we went by means of the journey it’s like, `Effectively, he’s going to Doonbeg as a result of that’s the place his household is from, it’s like `oh, it’s best to keep at my place’,” Quick stated. “It wasn’t like a `you need to’. It wasn’t like a `it’s important to’.”
California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu on Twitter accused Pence of “funneling taxpayer cash” to Trump by staying on the resort. “You took an oath to the Structure, to not @realDonaldTrump,” Lieu stated.
The Democratic Nationwide Committee additionally chimed in, saying in a submit on its DNC Warfare Room Twitter feed that Pence’s selection of resort meant “your tax : making the Trump household richer.”
Quick stated the unique plan had been to carry conferences in Dublin and go to Doonbeg afterwards. A final-minute schedule change meant Pence would want to go to Dublin after over-nighting in Eire, and no resort in Dublin had been correctly vetted.
Pence’s keep was paid for by the U.S. taxpayer, however the vice chairman personally paid for his sister and mom, who traveled with him, Quick stated. Pence’s great-grandmother was from Doonbeg.
Trump has retained possession of his accommodations, golf programs and different companies, however he gave management of the companies to his sons shortly earlier than he took workplace in January 2017.
Former authorities ethics officers and watchdog teams say Trump has did not put safeguards in place to make sure that he doesn’t straight revenue from his actions as president.
Reporting by Alex Alper, writing by Conor Humphries, enhancing by Larry King