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BREAKING: The US Air Force has ordered a sweeping review of its use of Trump resorts for overnight crew accommodations. It comes as POLITICO uncovers yet another overnight stay at Turnberry by at least a dozen USAF crew members in September 2018. politico.com/story/2019/09/…
US Service members "lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable," Air Force Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas, the chief spokesman, told POLITICO today.
"Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance."
In a separate interview, the deputy commander of the Air Mobility Command, which oversees all Air Force transportation worldwide, said the review is intended to make sure that personnel are following all the rules—but also whether staying at Trump's property is appropriate.
"What the chief is getting at is just because you can, we should also be asking ourselves the question about should," Lt. Gen. Jon Thomas told @BryanDBender. The review, ordered by the Acting Air Force Secretary, covers the active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The frequency of the stops and overnight stays by the Air Force at Prestwick has increased steadily, from 95 stops and 40 overnights in 2015 to 259 stops and 220 overnights through August 2019. The Air Force couldn’t say how many of those 220 overnights were spent at Turnberry.
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