Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, responded to controversy surrounding U.S. officials staying at Trump properties, saying "it's just like any hotel." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
McCarthy responded to the controversy on Tuesday, telling reporters it was like staying at any other hotel and is a competing privately-owned business.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drew fire from Democrats early this month when he met with Irish leaders in the capital Dublin but stayed at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump almost 300 km (180 miles) away at his boss's urging.
Pence held his meetings in Dublin on Ireland's east coast on Tuesday after spending the night at the Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg on the west coast and returning there afterward for a second night.
The hotel also hosted the Trump family during a brief trip to Ireland by the president in June.