President Donald Trump defended his company’s decision to furlough hundreds of employees because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club revealed it is temporarily laying off 153 workers.
“You can’t have many hundreds of employees standing around doing nothing,” noting that local social distancing prohibitions have closed clubs, hotels and even golf courses. “There’s no customer. You’re not allowed to have a customer.”
The Trump National Doral Miami resort where the president initially wanted to host this year’s Group of Seven summit has temporarily laid off 560 workers.
The federal government’s economic relief bill specifically bars Trump’s businesses, from receiving emergency loans and other benefits meant to help businesses retain workers.
The club’s director of human resources, Janine Gill, wrote in a letter to state and local officials that Mar-a-Lago began halting business last month and that the furloughs are temporary but the club doesn’t know when it will resume regular operations, Gill said.
None of the workers are unionized as they include bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, drivers, attendants, housekeepers, servers and valet attendants.
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