REPORT: Air Force says only 6 percent of crews that stopped in Scotland stayed at Trump Turnberry resort

WashingtonPost:

The U.S. Air Force said Thursday it reviewed overnight stays by crew members who stopped at Glasgow Prestwick Airport between 2015 and 2019 to refuel and found about 6 percent stayed at President Trump’s Scottish golf resort.

The House Oversight Committee has been investigating an uptick in stays by the military at the five-star, coastal Trump Turnberry hotel, which is about 30 miles from the airport, to determine whether the president has improperly directed crews to stay at his family-owned property.

The article goes on to state the following:

“We reviewed the vast majority the 659 overnight stays of Air Force crews in the vicinity at Glasgow Prestwick Airport between 2015 and 2019. Approximately six percent of those crews stayed at the Trump Turnberry,” said an Air Force spokesman in an emailed statement. “As a practice, we generally send aircrews to the closest, most suitable accommodations within the government hotel rate. The review also indicated that about 75 percent of the crews stayed in the immediate vicinity of the airfield and 18 percent stayed in Glasgow.”

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, posted the following thread:

“We reviewed the vast majority the 659 overnight stays of Air Force crews in the vicinity at Glasgow Prestwick Airport between 2015 and 2019. Approximately six percent of those crews stayed at the Trump Turnberry.

“That figure, about 40 stays, is far more than has been publicly identified so far. It also does not take into account that Trump Turnberry was closed for part of 2015 and 2016 for renovations.

“To be entirely clear, let me explain a bit more how the Air Force got to this total. The Air Force found hotel destinations for most, but not all of the 659 overnight stays in their computer systems. Of those they found, [about] 6 percent overnights went to Trump Turnberry.

“If you take that 6 percent average sent to Turnberry and multiply it by the full 659 number of overnight stays, you get about 40 at Turnberry. But that is an estimate, as they did not in fact count that many. So there you go, for the record.”

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