When Vice President Mike Pence when to Ireland, he stayed on the other side of the country from the nation’s capitol, which meant a long commute. And the Veep probably stayed there because his boss owns a property in Doonbeg.
Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters that Trump suggested the vice president stay at the resort. Short is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “I don’t think it was a request, like a command. I think that it was a suggestion.”
The exact price tag for Pence’s stay is unknown, but USA Today investigative journalist Steve Reilly noted that a federal procurement record shows a $10,166 bill footed by the state department.
New federal procurement record shows $10,166 payment by State Department for Vice President Pence’s stay at Trump Doonbeg, apparently in connection with meeting/lodging space for the White House Communications Agency pic.twitter.com/aFg3TjJOnp
— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) September 5, 2019
Now, House Democrats are adding Pence’s stay at Doonbeg to the ever-expanding list of investigations aimed at the president.
On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the White House asking for a list of documents related to both Pence’s September stay at the Irish Trump property and President Trump’s previous stay at his course in Doonbeg.
Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote in his letter, “The Committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies.”
This is hardly the first time that President Trump has come under fire for patronizing his hotels. He golfs almost exclusively at his own courses and Doonbeg has been part of the controversy before.
In early June, President Trump stayed at his Doonbeg resort and the property posted a video promoting his visit. They deleted that post after ethics complaints. There really isn’t any clear reason for Trump or Pence to stay in Doonbeg if they’re meeting with Irish leaders. Dublin is a whopping 181 miles away, meaning that there’s a long commute if they’re going to meet with the Irish prime minister.