President Donald Trump caught heat over the weekend after a report from Politico uncovered that military aircraft have been stopping at the Prestwick Airport near his resort in Turnberry, Scotland. And on Monday, the president pushed back on Twitter, saying that he “knows nothing” about military planes landing in Scotland.
Trump wrote, “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.”
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!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
Trump’s Turnberry Resort lost millions in 2017 but made millions in 2018, and the U.S. military has spent around $11 million at the nearby airport, according to Politico. Prestwick Airport’s financials have been similarly in the red.
But the president insisted that he has “nothing to do with” the airport is a little less than accurate. In 2014, then-citizen Trump even retweeted an article titled “Donald Trump pledges to make Prestwick Airport ‘really successful’.” At the time, the president was announcing a partnership with Prestwick to have the airport service his Turnberry Resort.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2014
The report from the Scottish news outlet, STV, notes that Trump said, “We are going to have planes coming in from New York and all over, very high-level planes like Gulfstreams and Bombardiers. We are going to make this really successful. You are going to get a lot of business.” He added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Glasgow Prestwick Airport.”
Iain Cochrane, a chief executive at the airport, was quoted as saying “forging a new partnership between the airport and the Trump Organisation will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial to both parties. However, it will also bring significant opportunities for the region as more inbound visitors travel to visit the legendary Trump Turnberry Resort.”