Trump campaigned on the slogan “America first,” but his businesses are ignoring American workers.
Trump’s hotels and resorts are not hiring Americans to fill their seasonal job vacancies, despite his rhetoric about “America first.” Since he was inaugurated, none of the seasonal jobs at his resorts have been filled by Americans.
Vox reports that in an analysis of filings that the Trump Organization made with the U.S. Department of Labor between 2016 to 2017, only one American worker was hired — in August 2016 — for the 144 open positions for servers, cooks, housekeepers, and bartenders.
The remaining 143 positions were taken by foreign guest workers who were granted H-2B visas.
Most of the jobs included in the survey were at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort where he has spent a majority of his weekends since he took office. Also included were the Trump National Golf Clubs in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and Jupiter, Florida.
In just one month, August of 2017, Mar-a-Lago requested permission to hire 70 foreign workers.
Trump still directly benefits from business done at his properties because he has refused to sell off his interests or place them in a blind trust. The Trump Organization is operated by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric.
Trump’s properties have hired foreign workers even though there are workers available within the United States. Tobias Pfutze, an economics professor at Florida International University in Miami, says the hiring decisions for Trump don’t make sense.
“I haven’t heard anything about there being a labor shortage,” he told Vox. “The service labor market here is very flexible.”
After doing the minimum required by the law to attract U.S. workers — placing an ad in the newspaper — Trump’s company said it had no qualified American applicants and went ahead with foreign hires.
Going back to at least 2013, records show Trump regularly hiring foreign workers.
The behavior runs completely contrary to Trump’s rhetoric, both as a candidate and since he won the election.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First. America First,” Trump proclaimed at his inauguration.
He did so even after the Anti-Defamation League asked him to stop using the phrase during the campaign. The organization pointed out that “America First” was the rallying cry of anti-Semites seeking to keep America out of World War II, allowing Hitler to pursue his policy of genocide.
Not only has Trump kept using the language, but he cannot even be bothered to execute business strategy based on the slogan.
If Trump is truly the multi-billionaire he claims to be — nobody can independently verify the claim because his tax returns are a secret — hiring 144 Americans for jobs at his properties shouldn’t be a problem, even if he has to pay them slightly higher wages.
But instead, he has passed over Americans while ostensibly working for them in the White House. Like so much of his rhetoric, “America First” is hollow.