White House defends political use of Air Force One
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The White House on Tuesday defended using Air Force One for presidential travel to political events.

President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE will take Air Force One on Tuesday to fly to North Carolina, where they will make their first joint campaign appearance.


The White House said in a statement it was following the rules, adding that the Democratic National Committee and other relevant political committees pay what's necessary for the president to travel to political events on Air Force One, Bloomberg News reported.

The government does not release the formula used to divide up the travel costs paid by the DNC or campaigns.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE has launched a series of attacks ripping the president's use of Air Force One to go to campaign events.

"Why is President Obama allowed to use Air Force One on the campaign trail with Crooked Hillary," Trump tweeted Monday, adding: "She is flying with him tomorrow. Who pays?"

He kept up the line of attack Tuesday morning, tweeting: "Taxpayers are paying a fortune for the use of Air Force One on the campaign trail by President Obama and Crooked Hillary. A total disgrace!"