Quantcast
Connect with us

‘Uncharted waters in terms of presidential corruption’: Maddow breaks down Trump’s Turnberry scandal

Published

on

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reported Friday on the “jaw-dropping” story of the U.S. military diverting C-17 cargo flights to President Donald Trump’s golf course in Scotland.

“This story just came out within the last hour. If you have not seen it yet, you are going to want to sit down. You are going to want to spend a little bit of time with this,” Maddow suggested.

ADVERTISEMENT

This is the headline from Politico, ‘Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort’” Maddow reported.

The host read from the story, which she described as “an incredible scoop.”

“In early spring of this year, an Air National Guard crew made a routine trip from the U.S. to Kuwait to deliver supplies. What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland,” the report said. “Since April, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew on the C-17 military transport plane made the unusual stay — both en route to the Middle East and on the way back — at the luxury waterside resort, according to several people familiar with the incident.”

Maddow also read the most shocking quote from the story.

“Taken together, the incidents raise the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat — the property lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue went up $3 million in 2018,” Politico reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

Maddow was shocked.

“I mean, this is just — I mean, the implication in the brand-new reporting from Politico is that Trump’s, you know, got this money-losing resort in Florida to which he now wants to direct the G7. He’s got this money-losing golf resort in Ireland, which he has already directed Vice President Pence and his entourage … now, in addition, he has a money-losing resort in Scotland that was about to lose the money-losing airport that serviced it,” she explained.

“I mean, the golf course is already having really tough times, if they lose the nearest airport, too,” she noted.

ADVERTISEMENT

“But now, miraculously, now that Donald Trump is president, American military cargo planes have started refueling at that airport, at a significant price mark up. Right. It’s much cheaper for them to get their fuel at military bases. That’s part of the reason they always stop at military bases. Also, they’re the military. They’re no longer stopping at military bases,” Maddow noted.

“Instead they’re stopping at the airport that Trump needs to prop up to keep his Scottish golf resort going and paying full freight commercial airport rates for that fuel. And then they’re sending the aircrews to go stay at the president’s resort,” she explained.

ADVERTISEMENT

The implications are huge.

“If the U.S. military is being used to prop up one of the president’s troubled properties, A, this is uncharted waters, obviously, in terms of presidential corruption, B, this implicates the president himself, obviously, and everybody else who participated in it. This Scotland part with the C-17s, flying into the airport at Glasgow implicates the military who apparently went along with this, didn’t peep about it, and now isn’t cooperating with congressional oversight committees that are trying to investigate it,” Maddow noted.

One of the reporters who broke the story, Natasha Bertrand, called the scandal “remarkably brazen” when interviewed by the host.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch Part I:

Watch Part II:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

Published

on

President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

Published

on

On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Some Tea Party Republicans are voting for Bernie Sanders — and not for the reasons that you think

Published

on

Some Democratic primaries are only open to registered Democrats; others allow all registered voters to participate regardless of party affiliation — including South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary. Registered Republicans will be free to vote in that primary and vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren or any one of the other candidates. And Jane Coaston, in Vox, explains why some Tea Party Republicans in South Carolina are voting for Bernie Sanders.

Continue Reading
 
 
close-image