US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reiterated his claim he had nothing to do with Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at his Irish golf resort.
The President defended himself in a tweet posted in the wake of the news Democrats in the House of Representatives are investigating the circumstances around Mr Pence’s stay in Doonbeg
Mr Pence stayed at President Trump’s luxury resort despite holding meetings in Dublin,
some 180 miles away.
Democrats have also expressed concern over reports of several US military personnel staying at a Trump-owned hotel resort in Scotland.
Writing in an early morning tweet, President Trump said: “I had nothing to do with the decision of our great @VP Mike Pence to stay at one of the Trump-owned resorts.
“Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!”
The President also tweeted:
“I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport [which I do not own and have nothing to do with] near Turnberry Resort [which I do own] in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry [they have good taste!]. NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.”
The US Air Force has also ordered a review into how accommodation for international trips is chosen after reports emerged suggesting crew members stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort.
The USAF said: “While initial reviews indicate aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand US Service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable.
“Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance.
“Even when USAF aircrews follow all directives and guidance, we must still be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of aircrew staying at such locations (review will include active duty, Guard Reserve).”