Ah I didn't know about the government policy on personal and work travel. Well if he is there or was ( I imagine he is on his way back now since he has to be back for the engagement tomorrow) this was a misstep IMO.
But how is this different than the times he stayed behind to do other things I.e in Nepal when he stayed an extra week to help out with rebuilding? I am asking from a technical stand point not moral. Wasn't the staying behind in Nepal technically personal time too?
Excellent question. I think he was working with an organization when he stayed behind - while it could be considered personal time - it certainly wasn't private time.
The Nepal trip was probably classified as an official add-on on to the trip. It was a charity thing wasn't it?
This isn't a huge deal. They probably have a system where an accountant adds everything up at the end of the year, they all sign checks and "I'm sorry" letters, and then promptly forget about it.
But it's the kind of small issue that the public really resents, because if a regular person does this, he gets sacked. It could be argued that Hillary Clinton lost her presidency parroyo because of this kind of issue.
So it looks bad.
I'd love to see the trip debunked. Has there been an official confirmation? I thought there was one, but I may be wrong.
Meghan meeting him in London makes a lot more sense.