President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe, left, walk at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump[1]’s Mar-a-Lago resort applied to hire 40 additional foreign workers, according to documents released[2] by the government this week.

On Tuesday, a request was filed to fill waiter and waitress positions. They would begin work in October and continue through May 2019. The application outlines that employees brought on board will be paid at least $12.68 an hour, with possible overtime and raises.

In November 2017, the luxury club hired[3] 70 foreign employees for the holiday season, which is something Mar-a-Lago has done in several years.

The president is criticized for hiring foreign workers despite his emphasis on hiring Americans for U.S.-based jobs. 

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump[4] defended the seasonal hires as necessary for business....

“Everybody agrees with me on that. They were part-time jobs. Otherwise, we might as well have just closed the doors,” he said[5] during a Republican debate in February 2016.

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