WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed Democrats’ allegations of impropriety over Vice President Mike Pence’s keep at Trump’s Irish resort and over the U.S. navy’s use of a Scottish airport close to a Trump-owned golf course.
FILE PHOTO – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks to the Press with US Ambassador to Eire Edward Crawford after a gathering with enterprise leaders the Ambassadors residence in Dublin, Eire September three, 2019. REUTERS/Lorraine O’Sullivan
“I had nothing to do with the choice of our nice @VP Mike Pence to remain in a single day at one of many Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Eire,” he wrote in an early morning tweet.
“I do know nothing about an Air Drive airplane touchdown at an airport (which I don’t personal and don’t have anything to do with) close to Turnberry Resort (which I do personal) in Scotland, and filling up with gas, with the crew staying in a single day at Turnberry (they’ve good style!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME,” he additionally tweeted.
Democrats within the U.S. Home of Representatives are trying into Pence’s keep on the Trump Worldwide Golf Membership in Doonbeg on the west coast of Eire, which is 180 miles (300 km) from the capital, Dublin, the place his conferences have been held.
Elijah Cummings, chairman of the Home Oversight Committee, desires paperwork on the go to despatched to the panel by Sept. 19. The Home Judiciary Committee can also be trying into the keep as a part of an investigation of Trump’s proposal to host subsequent yr’s Group of Seven financial summit at his Florida resort.
Cummings can also be involved about Scotland’s Prestwick Airport, trying into buy orders for gas totaling $11 million and stories that the airport supplied cut-rate rooms for choose passengers and crew, in addition to free rounds of golf at Turnberry to visiting U.S. navy and civilian air crews.
In an announcement, the Air Drive stated it will assessment all steerage associated to the collection of airports and lodging lodging throughout worldwide journey.
“Whereas preliminary opinions point out that aircrew transiting by way of Scotland adhered to all steerage and procedures, we perceive that U.S. Service members lodging at higher-end lodging, even when inside authorities charges, may be allowable however not advisable,” the assertion added.
The U.S. Structure bars authorities officers, together with the president, from receiving monetary advantages often called emoluments from overseas or home governments, with out approval from Congress.
Trump has remained answerable for his inns, golf programs and different companies, though he stated he handed over day-to-day operations to his sons earlier than taking workplace in January 2017.
His lodge down the road from the White Home in Washington has stirred the most important controversy. Trump opened the Trump Worldwide Lodge shortly earlier than he was elected in November 2016 and it has grow to be a well-liked lodging and occasion house for some overseas and state officers visiting the U.S. capital. In July, a federal court docket dismissed a lawsuit filed by Democratic attorneys basic over the lodge, saying the case lacked authorized standing.
Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Further reporting by Makini Brice, David Morgan, Jan Wolfe and Idrees Ali in Washington; Modifying by Dan Grebler and Peter Cooney