President Trump has always encouraged U.S. companies to hire American workers— except, of course, when it comes to his own business ventures.
On Thursday, during the White House’s “Made in America Week” no less, Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida filed requests with the Department of Labor to hire 70 temporary foreign workers as cooks, housekeepers, and servers at the private club.
The Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida also filed a request to hire temporary foreign workers as cooks from October 1 through May of 2018, which is the same frame as the temporary Mar-A-Lago positions.
Trump’s clubs are seeking what’s called an H2-B visa for the outsourced hires, which, in order to be approved, means there cannot be enough American workers able or willing to fill the temporary positions. However, with the club jobs boasting wages of $13.34 per hour for cooks, $11.88 for servers, and $10.33 for housekeepers— all of which are well above Florida’s minimum wage of $8.10 per hour— we’re not so sure about a lack of willing American workers.
Trump has frequently defended his club’s use of foreign labor.
While the irony here should be palpable, Trump has frequently defended his club’s use of foreign labor, saying it is “almost impossible” to find help during the Florida tourist season.
His administration actually pushed for an expansion of the H2-B visa program this week, saying there are not enough American workers able or willing to fill the country’s employment needs for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.
This is not the first time Trump has looked to foreign labor sources since beginning his political career. Businesses owned by Trump (or those with his name) have reportedly sought to hire at least 370 foreign guest workers since he launched his presidential campaign in June of 2015.
What a fitting tribute to end this frustrating themed week, which has been receiving backlash virtually since it began. Thanks for the irony, Mr. President.