“I had nothing to do with the decision of our great @VP Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland,” the president said in a statement on Monday, Sept. 9.
“Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!”
Trump sent a series of missives on Monday, attacking “the LameStream Media” and calling out CNN and MSNBC by name.
His statement about Pence referred to the vice president staying at Trump’s hotel in Doonbeg when he was on a state visit to Ireland.
Pence told reporters that he was happy to visit Ireland and see family members. “If you have a chance to get to Doonbeg you’ll find it’s a fairly small place and the opportunity to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel, made it logical,” he added on Sept. 3.
Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters the same day that Pence stayed at the property because of convenience and safety.
“It’s a facility that could accommodate the team,” Short said. “Keep in mind, the Secret Service has protected that facility for [Trump], too, so they sort of know the realities; they know the logistics around that facility.”
He said the president suggested Pence stay there. “It’s like when we went through the trip, it’s like, well, he’s going to Doonbeg because that’s where the Pence family is from,” Short said. “It’s like, ‘Well, you should stay at my place.’”
In a statement issued by Pence’s office after Short’s comments, the office said, “Because of some misreporting, we want to clarify that the decision to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, Ireland was solely a decision by the Office of the Vice President and was based on the requirement to find accommodations near the Vice President’s ancestral hometown that could satisfy official meetings on both coasts of the Emerald Isle.”
The situation prompted Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman, sent letters to the White House, Pence’s office, the Secret Service, and the Trump Organization to try to obtain details about the trip. more here
Air Force Orders Review of Travel Procedures After Crew’s Stay at Trump Resort.
The Air Force is conducting a review of its international travel policies after a crew stayed at a resort owned by President Donald Trump, prompting an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“Air Force leadership directed Air Mobility Command to review all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during international travels … While initial reviews indicate that air crew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that U.S. Service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable,” Brig. Gen. Edward Thomas, the Air Force’s top spokesman, said in a statement to The Epoch Times.
“Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance. Even when USAF aircrews follow all directives and guidance, we must still be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of air crew staying at such locations.”
The probe was launched after criticism of the Air Force for using Glasgow Prestwick Airport for refueling stops and layovers, and the stay of seven crew members at Trump’s nearby Turnberry golf course and resort in March.
The Air Force stated that the Trump property, at $136 a night, was less expensive than the Marriott property nearby, which would have been $161 a night. Both were under the per diem rate of $166. read more