The U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland up to 40 times since 2015, a figure that is far higher than previously known, Politico reported Thursday.
The disclosure is the preliminary result of an Air Force review that was started after reports emerged that an Air National Guard crew stayed at the resort in March, raising questions about whether taxpayer funds are being directed to benefit the president.
Politico notes that the figure does not indicate how many of the stays have occurred since Trump became president.
“But the Air Force has significantly ramped up its overnight stops in Scotland under Trump after signing a contract with the Prestwick Airport — situated 20-plus miles from Turnberry — in the waning months of the Obama administration. Since 2015, the service has lodged crews in the area 659 times, meaning up to 6 percent of those stays were at Turnberry,” the news outlet reported.
“The figure also does not account for the total number of people the Air Force has put up at Trump Turnberry during those roughly 40 stays. POLITICO previously reported that Air Force crews of five to nearly 40 people have lodged at Trump’s waterside property over at least four stays since September 2018,” Politico noted.