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

08 July 2018

Just over a year after Donald Trump signed his "Buy American and Hire American" executive order, his Mar-a-Lago golf resort has filed for permission to hire 61 foreign workers.

Trump's "Winter White House" has applied to hire 21 cooks from other countries to work at the resort from October to May.

Earlier on Thursday, another posting showed Trump's club also wants to hire 40 foreigners to serve as waiters and waitresses at the club.

In order to obtain the H-2B visas required for non-agricultural workers, employers must prove that there are not enough Americans willing to do the work - which Trump has insisted is the case.

The Post found a pattern that showed $25,000 donations were typically given to a charity by the Trump Foundation after an event was relocated to Mar-a-Lago from a different venue.

In November 2017, the luxury club hired 70 foreign employees for the holiday season, which is something Mar-a-Lago has done in several years.

The Mar-a-Lago Club has repeatedly used foreign workers in the past.

Meanwhile, waiters working at the club have been given a slight pay increase - up from $11.88 to $12.68 this year.

Trump Foundation's tax records dating back to 2008 and found that a vast majority of the $706,000 distributed by the charity went to groups that chose to hold opulent events at the president's private resort. In the lawsuit filed June 14, she called the Trump Foundation a "little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their goal or legality".

In April 2017, Trump signed the "Buy American and Hire American Executive Order", which sought to boost job opportunities for USA workers by "rigorously enforcing and administering our immigration laws".

The newspaper reported almost 300 USA workers had applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers but only 17 were hired.

The President has said before in a 2015 interview with MSNBC that "getting help in Palm Beach during the season is nearly impossible".