The Air Force, which said in a statement it was reviewing travel records, said the stop was not "unusual". But this is another example of the Trump company making money from taxpayer dollars, prompting some government watchdogs to argue that the agreement violates ethics and possibly violates a clause in the US Constitution.
"While our crews are serving these international airfare missions, they are complying with strict guidelines for hotel accommodation contracts and all taxpayer dollars' expenses," Air Force Brig. General Ed Thomas said in a statement. "In this case, they made reservations through the defense travel system and used the closest available and cheapest nights to the airport within acceptable hotel rates. While we are still reviewing travel records, we have not found anything that goes beyond directions related to the selection of airports to stop along the routes for travel and accommodation at the crew rest hotel. "
The Air Force said that the crew consists of seven active members and members of the National Guard crew on March 13, adding that question ki that have stayed at Turnberry route to Kuwait, "does not seem" they made this journey back to the United States.
The Air Force said the Turnberry resort was cheaper than the Marriott nearby and both were below the $ 166 daily rate. The Air Force also said they planned to stop the landings based on factors such as foot clearance and availability of contract fuel.
Crews use a commercial airport – Prestwick in Glasgow – when they stop for refueling in Scotland.
The Pentagon and the White House did not respond to CNN's request for comment regarding interim landings in Scotland and a stay in Turnberry. The Trump organization also did not respond to a request for comment about a stay in Turnberry.
But the Department of Defense has refused to comply with investigators' requests so far, a senior aide to the CNN Democratic Committee said on Friday.