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Ivanka Trump Touts Hire American Program as Mar-a-Lago Seeks to Recruit More Foreign Workers

Ivanka Trump has touted a new initiative from the Trump administration to employ more Americans, just days after the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort requested to hire dozens of foreign workers.

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The first daughter and senior White House adviser in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday promoted an initiative the White House is launching Thursday furthering a campaign promise to “hire American.”

“In launching a National Workforce Strategy @realDonaldTrump and this Admin are working to fill vacant American jobs with American workers; many of whom have been on the sidelines of our economy & deserve an opportunity to work + thrive,” she tweeted on Wednesday with a link to her piece.

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order “to prioritize and expand workforce development so that we can create and fill American jobs with American workers,” his daughter wrote in her op-ed.

The order would establish the National Council for the American Worker, tasked with developing a strategy to train and retrain Americans for high-demand job sectors like technology, and a campaign promoting careers in tech, manufacturing and skilled trades. The Trump administration also engaged more than 15 companies to sign a “Pledge to America’s Workers” around education and retraining.

“Our hope is that millions of men and women who have been on the sidelines will now have the chance to find fulfilling work that lifts up them and their families,” Ivanka Trump wrote. “If we give American students and workers the training and opportunities they need, they will continue to be the greatest pioneers of the 21st century.”

But in their family business, the Trumps seemingly have different priorities.

The president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which he calls the “Winter White House,” has asked for approval to hire 78 foreign workers—40 waiters, 21 cooks and 17 housekeepers—for the coming winter, according to Department of Labor data obtained by Newsweek last week.

Starting salaries on the applications were $10.68 per hour for housekeepers, $12.68 per hour for waiters and $13.31 per hour for cooks. The president has asserted that employing low-skilled immigrant workers lowers wages for Americans, but has displayed little issue with hiring cheaper labor when it comes to his own business and pocketbook.

Trump has previously defended hiring immigrant workers, claiming it was hard to find Americans to fill the positions and that other resorts in the area did the same.

The Labor Department, which requires that Mar-a-Lago try to fill jobs with Americans first, will have to approve the resort’s application to hire foreign workers.

Ivanka Trump, the White House and the Trump Organization, which the president handed to his two eldest sons to run, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek on Wednesday.

07_18_18_IvankaMaraLago U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser, depart Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

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