The United States Air Force has reportedly ordered a world-wide review of how it chooses overnight accommodations on long flights just days after it was revealed that air crews sometimes stayed at President Donald Trump's Scotland resort.
Still, Thomas acknowledged that appearances matter, and he said the Air Force's in-house travel agency, Air Mobility Command, was reviewing "all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during worldwide travels".
The stay has become the subject of an investigation by the House oversight committee as part of a larger probe into military spending. It will cover the active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
'The stopover of a U.S. Air Power C-17 in Glasgow, Scotland is not irregular, ' Brig.
"As our aircrews serve on these worldwide airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars", Thomas said. 'In this case, they made reservations during the Defense Commute Machine and former the closest on hand and most fee-fantastic accommodations to the airfield inside the crews allowable hotel charges'.
"The crew were so confused by what was happening when they were rerouted to Scotland to refuel at this tiny airport outside of Trump Turnberry because they had never done that before in the fifty-plus trips they had taken to do these routine supply trips", Natasha Betrand, who broke the story along with Bryan Bender, said on The Rachel Maddow Show on Friday.
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The issue of spending on Trump resorts also came up earlier this week when Secret Service veterans pressed Vice President Mike Pence about his decision to stay at a Trump's property in Doonbeg, Ireland, which was hundreds of miles away from his meeting in Dublin.
The crew returned to Elmendorf on March 19. The Air Power stated the Turnberry resort was considerably less highly-priced than a close by Marriott and that both equally were beneath the for each diem amount of $166.
For the March Prestwick incident, Thomas said that a local agent on contract with the US government "assisted with the reservations and indicated that there wasn't a room available closer to Prestwick Airport".
"We understand that USA service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable", he said.
He said records are being reviewed, but it appears the crew stayed at a Marriott near Glasgow on its return trip to Alaska.