Washington: A US Congressional committee is investigating President Donald Trump in reference to a possible battle of curiosity over army spending at a Scottish airport close to his golf resort.
The Home Oversight and Reform Committee stated that expenditure on the Prestwick airport has “increased substantially” since Trump got here into workplace, the BBC reported on Saturday.
The debt-ridden airport, south of Glasgow and roughly 30 km north of Trump Turnberry, has been combating off closure. It’s stated to be integral to the Trump enterprise, which can be loss-making.
The Scottish authorities purchased the airport in 2013, when it was dealing with closure. In June, it was put up on the market with no purchaser introduced until date.
The Committee’s accusations have been detailed in a letter, signed by the Democratic committee chairman Elijah Cummings, to the Pentagon — which is dated to June however was solely revealed on the Politico information web site on Friday.
It requests entry to all communications between the US Division of Defence and Trump Turnberry, in addition to any associated monetary data.
Citing Defence Logistics Company (DLA) data, it stated the US army had made 629 gas buy orders on the airport, totalling $11 million since October 2017.
It additionally alleges that sure army personnel have been provided “cut-price rooms” and free rounds of golf on the Trump Turnberry resort.
“Given the President’s continued financial stake in his Scotland golf courses, these reports raise questions about the president’s potential receipt of US or foreign government emoluments in violation of the US Constitution and raise other serious conflict of interest concerns.”
In accordance with US media studies, the Division has not but complied with the calls for, the BBC stated.
It has additionally not commented immediately, and neither has the Trump Organisation.