House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyAnti-Trump Republicans target McCarthy, Scalise, other high-profile conservatives Congress may be right to cite Bannon for contempt — but Justice would be wrong to prosecute Juan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy MORE (R-Calif.) on Tuesday defended U.S. military personnel staying at President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly 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 came after 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 money 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 Pence’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.”