Newly obtained documents reveal that the U.S. military has spent more than $184,000 in taxpayer funds at President Trump’s property in Scotland since August 2017, far more than previously known, Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said in a letter to the Pentagon Wednesday.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), an Oversight subcommittee chairman, requested that Defense Secretary Mark Esper provide them with more information on Pentagon spending at Turnberry golf course, saying taxpayer funds paid for the equivalent of more than 650 rooms.
Cummings and Raskin wrote that “it appears that U.S. taxpayer funds were used to purchase the equivalent of more than 650 rooms at the Trump Turnberry just since August 2017 — or the equivalent of one room every night for more than one-and-a-half years.”
“The data provided by the Department now indicates that U.S. taxpayer funds have been used to pay for more than three dozen separate stays involving hundreds of nights of rooms — all after the president was sworn into office,” the lawmakers wrote.
The Washington Post notes:
The letter from the Pentagon relayed that it had tallied about $125,579 in expenditures “specifically associated with the Trump Turnberry.” The letter said that amounted to an average of $189.04 per overnight stay, which it said was significantly less than an allowable per diem. The Pentagon also identified an additional $59,729 in expenditures that the House Oversight committee leaders said was associated with Turnberry.
In requesting additional documents from the Department of Defense, the committee explained it was still unable to answer “basic questions, such as how many military personnel were involved and who authorized their stays.”
“To date, the Department has produced only 21 pages of material — half of which appear to be publicly available on government websites,” the lawmakers write. “The Department failed to produce any underlying invoices or travel records relating to spending at Trump Turnberry or Prestwick Airport.”
The latest revelation comes after it was revealed the State Department also spent over $230,000 at the property.
The Hill notes:
The committee earlier this year opened an investigation into Air Force expenditures at and around the Turnberry resort after it was discovered that an Air National Guard crew stopped at the property while traveling to and from Kuwait.
The crew refueled at Prestwick Airport — the closest airport to Turnberry, outside Glasgow in southwest Scotland — which has seen an uptick in Pentagon fuel expenditures. The military has spent more than $16 million on fuel at Prestwick from Jan. 20, 2017, through June 21, 2019, according to the Democrats’ letter.