WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paperwork from the Pentagon present that “much more taxpayer funds” have been spent by the U.S. army on in a single day stays at a Trump resort in Scotland than beforehand identified, two Democratic lawmakers mentioned on Wednesday, as they demanded extra proof from the Protection Division as a part of their investigation.
FILE PHOTO: A police provide stands within the grounds of the golf resort owned by U.S. President Donald Trump, throughout Trump’s keep on the resort, in Turnberry, Scotland July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Picture
In a letter to Protection Secretary Mark Esper, the heads of the Home of Representatives Oversight Committee and considered one of it subcommittees mentioned that whereas preliminary experiences indicated that just one U.S. army crew had stayed at President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort southeast of Glasgow, the Pentagon had now turned over information indicating “greater than three dozen separate stays” since Trump moved into the White Home.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings and Consultant Jamie Raskin, who chairs the civil rights subcommittee, mentioned that whereas the Protection Division had not given Congress details about the overall variety of rooms it had booked on the resort, it did say the typical price of a room for U.S. service personnel between August 2017 and July 2019 was $189 per evening.
They mentioned the Pentagon had additionally knowledgeable them that in that point interval, Pentagon expenditures “particularly related to the Trump Turnberry … amounted to $124,578.96.”
If the Pentagon figures on the overall prices are correct, the lawmakers mentioned, “it seems that U.S. taxpayer funds have been used to buy the equal of greater than 659 rooms on the Trump Turnberry simply since August 2017 – or the equal of 1 room each evening for greater than one-and-a-half years.”
Requested to remark, a Pentagon spokeswoman mentioned: “As with all congressional correspondence, we are going to reply on to the authors of the letter.”
The lawmakers mentioned their estimate didn’t embody one other $59,729 in “unspecified expenses to authorities journey playing cards” in addition to $16.6 million in gasoline bought by the U.S. army at close by Prestwick Airport between Jan. 20, 2017, and June 21, 2019.
The congressmen mentioned they have been involved the division had refused to show over communications with “outdoors entities” about Turnberry or Prestwick Airport, and as a substitute had referred their inquiries to the White Home.
In a current change in Scotland’s regional parliament, a Liberal Democrat member, Mike Rumbles, requested Scotland’s authorities to verify how a lot cash Prestwick Airport had acquired from the U.S. army for its operations, and whether or not the federal government may affirm information experiences that the Pentagon supplied the airport’s “largest single revenue stream.”
Scotland’s Transport Minister, Michael Matheson, responded that Prestwick Airport had been utilized by army items for the reason that 1930s for “stopovers and refueling.”
Matheson mentioned the airport itself “typically” solely booked rooms for the U.S. army at Trump’s resort if different motels have been unavailable or clients particularly requested it. “There isn’t a industrial relationship between Prestwick and Turnberry,” he mentioned.
Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Modifying by Tom Brown