Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago applies for 40 additional foreign hires

An aerial view of the Mar-a Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida

An aerial view of the Mar-a Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida

He's defended hiring foreign workers in the past telling MSNBC in 2015, "Mar-a-Lago is a seasonal job, which is very hard to get people in Florida for seasonal jobs".

The Florida luxury resort is requesting 61 temporary foreign worker visas as it looks to fill 21 cook and 40 server positions, according to U.S. Department of Labor records filed Thursday and Friday.

The president is known to speak about the "Buy American, Hire American" policy on several occasions and has often asked businesses to opt for United States workers.

The posting further revealed the commander-in-chief's club plans to pay a minimum of $12.68 an hour to the workers, who will be reportedly employed from October to the end of May.

The increases in the numbers of foreign workers sought by Mar-a-Lago come at a time when the club's business model seems to be changing - transformed, by Trump's divisive politics from a club focused on charity galas to a GOP clubhouse frequented by Trump's friends and allies.

The Palm Beach resort reportedly wanted to hire workers who would be employed using H-2B visas-which businesses usually obtain only if they are able to prove they can not find enough American workers to fill the vacancies.

President Donald Trump often conveys a strong preference for American workers.

Nonprofit placement agency CareerSource Palm Beach County told The Palm Beach Post that there were many Americans eager to work at Mar-a-Lago, and that they agency has a database last November of 5,136 qualified candidates for "various hospitality positions". The Washington Post reported that Mar-a-Lago only placed two hard-to-find classified ads in tiny type for waiters with no phone number or email information.

In January 2018, it had requested 70 H-2B visas for cooks, servers and housekeepers, reported CNN.

The lawsuit claims that the charity was used to promote Trump's private businesses and his presidential campaign, also alleging that Trump requested foundation funds be used to settle a case between the city of Palm Beach, Fla., and Mar-a-Lago.

In the midst of President Trump's "Made in America Week" at the White House over a year ago, Trump had said, "We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first". That same week, however, "Mar-a-Lago was applying for foreign worker visas".

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