Vice presidential trips abroad don't typically generate controversy, but Mike Pence managed to buck the norm on his visit to Ireland. The big issue is the decision to stay at President Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg, though Pence's hosts were upset for other reasons. One columnist even drew a comparison to a really unpleasant surprise from a houseguest. A look at the details:
- The resort: Pence and his entourage stayed two nights at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg. On Friday, two House committees—the judiciary and oversight panels—launched investigations into the propriety of that decision, reports Fox News. The question is whether it might violate the emoluments clause of the Constitution if Trump benefited financially. “Pence is just the latest Republican elected official to enable President Trump’s violations of the constitution,” said Nancy Pelosi.
- The controversy: Doonbeg is on the west coast and Pence had meetings in Dublin on the east coast. He used Air Force 2 to fly to Dublin and back, notes the Washington Post. The White House maintains that staying at the resort made sense for security reasons because it was previously vetted. More personally, Pence is Irish-American, and he has relations in Doonbeg.