President Donald Trump won permission to hire 70 foreign maids, cooks and servers at his Mar-a-Lago Club for the upcoming winter tourist season.
The number represents an increase over the 64 foreign workers the “America First” President hired last year.
However, Trump has built his "political career" by marketing himself as an ally of the American working class who is focused on job creation. During multiple campaign stops last year, Trump often stated "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," and that "it’s time for a new policy, one defined by two simple rules – we will buy American and we will hire American”.
Once, during a presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio criticized Trump for bringing in foreign workers to staff his properties, saying American citizens could fill the jobs. Trump defended his hiring of foreign workers, claiming a shortage of qualified American cooks and maids.
“It’s very, very hard to get people. Other hotels do the exact same thing.”
As recently as two days ago, Trump was crowing about how more businesses will be moving back to America to hire American workers. But when it comes to his own businesses, the president continues to hire foreign workers to keep his labor costs down.
Meanwhile, CareerSource Palm Beach County, a nonprofit job placement agency says it has thousands of qualified people right in Mar-A-Lago's back yard who would love to have a job.
"We currently have 5,136 qualified candidates in Palm Beach County for various hospitality positions listed in the Employ Florida state jobs database."
The agency also said that the last time Mar-A-Lago contacted them to hire a local worker was back in 2015, when they requested for a single banquet server.
In addition to the 70 foreign workers being brought to America to work at Mar-a-Lago, Trump is also hiring hire foreign workers at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, and at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.