McCarthy defends military personnel staying at Trump resort
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: 8chan owner defends platform before Congress | Facebook launches dating feature | New York City sues T-Mobile | Top NSA cyber official names ransomware as 2020 threat | Blue Dog Dems urge action on election security Blue Dog Democrats urge action on election security How Trump can avoid a GOP fumble on health care that could derail his reelection MORE (R-Calif.) on Tuesday defended U.S. military personnel staying at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump awards Medal of Valor, civilian honors to responders in Dayton and El Paso shootings Texas Democrats unveil ‘path to victory’ plan for 2020 The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Congress returns with gun violence, funding atop agenda MORE’s Turnberry resort in Scotland, saying the president’s properties are “just like any other hotel.”
“The president’s resorts are hotels that he owns. People are traveling. It’s just like any other hotel. I know people will look at it, I don’t know if it’s different than anything else,” McCarthy told reporters.
“Is it different than if I go to eat or stay at a Marriott here or eat at the Trump?” he asked. “The president isn’t asking me to, he’s competing in a private enterprise. It’s nothing he controls in that process, so if it’s in the process, they can stay there.”
The California Republican’s remarks come in the wake of a recent report that Air Force crews stayed at the Trump resort in Scotland on four different occasions.
Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees are calling for information on whether the administration has made an effort to spend taxpayer money at Trump-owned properties, alleging it could conflict with the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
House Democrats are also attempting to pressure senators to include language in the National Defense Authorization Act to prevent the Pentagon from spending federal dollars at any properties owned by the Trump Organization.
The president has adamantly denied any involvement in military officials staying at his property or Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump says he had ‘nothing’ to do with Scotland, Ireland resort visits Pence, Bolton opposed Taliban meeting at Camp David: report Air Force: ‘Not unusual’ for crew to stay at Trump resort MORE’s decision to stay at his resort in Doonbeg, Ireland during an official visit.
“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!),” Trump tweeted on Monday. “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.”