In 2017, Trump urged employers to "hire American" in his inaugural address before turning around, raising the national cap on H-2 visas issued yearly, and then nearly immediately applying for 76 new foreign-worker jobs at Mar-a-Lago.
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. This request comes just over a year after Trump signed his "Buy American and Hire American" executive order.
Additionally, The New York Times reported that only a total of 17 of 300 American applicants have been hired in the past eight years.
The Florida resort requested 61 H-2B visas, which are visas for temporary non-agricultural workers.
According to the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the employer filing for H-2B visas must demonstrate that there are "not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available" and that the foreign workers "will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers".
Incidentally, a former employee told CNN that a large percentage of these seasonal workers are attractive, young women from Romania and South Africa, adding that the President prefers workers with an "exotic appeal".
President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago private club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the upcoming Palm Beach social season, according to filings with the U.S. Department of Labor. "Workers could apply only by fax or mail".
The Trump Organization did not respond to ABC's request for comment.
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 request, first reported by BuzzFeed, was made despite Trump's urging American companies to hire locals, arguing immigration puts pressure on wages and takes jobs away from hard-working Americans. "Does that make sense?"