The arrangement by the Air Force to refuel at an airport in Scotland near President Trump’s Turnberry resort that Democrats latched onto as so-called “evidence of Trump profitting of his presidency” and a reason to impeach under the emoluments clause has just fallen apart at the seams.
See, a new report reveals that the deal wasn’t signed underneath President Trump in the first place.
Instead, it was underneath President Obama’s administration that the Air Force struck up the detail!
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The controversial arrangement by the U.S. Air Force to refuel at a Scottish airport near President Trump’s Turnberry golf resort apparently was signed under the Obama administration, according to multiple reports.
The details emerged as the Air Force was called to explain a March stopover in the Scottish resort -- with Democrats on the House Oversight Committee writing to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan as part of their investigation into alleged conflicts of interest by the president. The twist revealing that the airport deal predates his administration could boost Trump's case.
Politico, which was among the outlets to publish stories this week examining the relationship between the Air Force and the resort, reported that the Air Force crews stayed at Trump’s Scottish resort up to 40 times since 2015.
It also reported that the contract with the Prestwick Airport was in fact signed during the Obama administration. The Washington Post also reported that the airport was sending visiting crews to Trump’s course before he ran for president.
The Air Force said in a statement that relatively few crews stayed at Trump Turnberry between 2015 and 2019.“We reviewed the vast majority of 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,” the statement from an Air Force official said. “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.”
The Epoch Times also said:
The Air Force has increasingly used Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland as a refueling stop, with many crews staying overnight in the vicinity.
Some of the stays have been at Trump Turnberry, a resort nearby, drawing the attention of media, lawmakers, and Air Force leaders.
But the refueling deal with Prestwick was signed “in the waning months of the Obama administration,” Politico reported.
An Air Force spokesman didn’t return a request for comment.
The New York Times noted on Thursday that “there is little evidence of a systematic scheme to enrich Mr. Trump” while also reporting that the decision by the Pentagon to utilize the airport was made while Obama was president.
The Air Force said on Thursday that Air Force crews stayed overnight 659 times in the vicinity of the airport and approximately six percent of those crews, or roughly 40, stayed at the Trump Turnberry.