U.S. pays Trump’s Scotland golf resort US$77,000 ahead of visit

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 18, 2018

Trump stayed at the resort and played golf there last Saturday, between a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The unidentified 19-year veteran of the agency fell ill Sunday at Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire.

The Trump baby blimp made an appearance in Scotland. Still, ethics experts and watchdog groups say the president has failed to abide by his promise to clearly separate his businesses from his administration.

However, the SLC Turnberry's parent company, Golf Recreation Scotland, remains wholly owned by Trump through his Donald J Trump Revocable Trust, the Scotsman reported.

"I have Turnberry in Scotland, which is a magical place - one of my favorite places", Trump said of the golf course, about 50 miles south of Glasgow.

"This is another example of President Trump using the power and authority of his office to profit personally. Much more would be spent if they stayed elsewhere".

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Trump and his staff stayed at the golf club for two nights, as the president played a pair of rounds at the course.

It was not clear whether all of the payments were made to cover expenses for Trump's visit. He handed control of the businesses to his sons shortly before he took office in January 2017.

"President Trump's visit was not only hugely embarrassing for Theresa May, but it also underlines exactly why so many people object to his abhorrent policies and are deeply concerned about the damage of a Tory-Trump Brexit trade deal".

George Sorial, executive vice president of the Trump Organisation, told The Scotsman: "For United States government patronage, our hotels charge room rates only at cost and we do not profit from these stays". A further $4,364 (£3,214) in federal spending came from agencies such as the White House National Security Council and the General Services Administration.

A spokeswoman for the State Department said it frequently assists other USA agencies in making hotel bookings overseas.

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