Whether Donald Trump Knew About Air Force Layovers at His Scotland Resort Is 'Irrelevant,' Jamie Raskin Says: 'He Can't Be Taking That Money'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday in an apparent bid to clear his name after the U.S. Air Force said it would review its guidance on overnight accommodation for flight crews. The announcement came in the aftermath of the revelation that Air Force members had been staying at the U.S. leader's luxury golf resort in Scotland.

"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," Trump said.

"NOTHING TO DO WITH ME," the U.S. leader asserted, while also taking the opportunity to praise the U.S. Air Force for having "good taste" in its choice of resort.

The president's statements came following the revelation that there had been an increase in the number of U.S. military flights stopping at Prestwick Airport in Scotland since he took office.

The airport is near the U.S. leader's Turnberry Resort and Air Force crews appear to have stayed there several times, including earlier this year on a stopover to Kuwait.

While Trump sought to clear his name, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said that whether or not the president knew about the Air Force's use of his Scotland hotel is "irrelevant" because either way "he can't be taking that money."

"The Constitution says the president is limited to his salary in office and Congress can't increase it or decrease it and the president cannot receive any other payments from the United States government," Raskin said in an interview with CNN on Monday. "And yet, we know of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars that Trump has been directing into the Trump enterprises."

"Now, he's starting to say, oh it wasn't his idea, it was the vice president's idea and so on. It's irrelevant," he said. "He can't be taking that money from the U.S. government and we will get to the bottom of why it happened."

The House Oversight and Reform Committee launched a probe into the Air Force's stays in Scotland earlier this year, while the Air Force had also previously launched an inquiry into the stays.

After it emerged over the weekend that U.S. Air Force C-17 crew stayed at the Turnberry resort during a refueling stop en route to Kuwait in March, the Air Force said it would be reviewing its guidance on stopovers.

"While initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that U.S. Service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable," the Air Force said in a statement on Sunday, according to CNN.

However, it added: "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 aircrews staying at such locations."

Donald Trump's Turnberry resort
A view from the hotel of the clubhouse and driving ranges with the Turnberry Lighthouse with the Isle of Arran behind at the Trump Turnberry Resort on October 29, 2018 in Turnberry, Scotland. President Donald Trump has claimed to have had no role in U.S. Air Force members staying at his Turnberry hotel during stopovers. David Cannon/Getty
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