Trump Organization Makes More Cuts, Permanently Lays Off 250 People At Doral Resort

At least 250 people who were employed at a resort owned by the Trump Organization were permanently laid off earlier this month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

News of the layoffs was first reported by CNN and verified by Newsweek through reviews of public records.

The employees were part of a group of about 560 employees at the Trump National Doral Miami who had been furloughed at the end of March. In a letter addressed to government officials in Tallahassee, Miami-Dade County and Doral, an official with the organization said the permanent layoffs were necessary due to economic pressures caused by travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders in place around the country.

"Unfortunately, it now appears that the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak upon our business will be longer and more substantial than previously was foreseeable," David Feder, the vice president and managing director at Trump Miami Resort Management LLC, wrote in the letter to local officials. "As a result, we have made the difficult decision that some of the temporary indefinite furloughs that began on or about March 19, 2020 will become permanent employment separations."

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A sign is seen near the entrance to the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 20, 2020 in Doral, Florida. After furloughing hundreds of employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March, officials with the Trump Organization said earlier this month they had permanently laid off at least 250 workers at the Doral resort. Joe Raedle/Getty

The jobs included in the resort's latest staffing decision are wide-ranging and include service roles as well as sales and administrative positions. The employees were officially laid off on May 15, Feder wrote.

The letter did not specify whether the resort anticipated additional permanent layoffs. Newsweek reached out to the Trump Organization for comment and will update this article with any response.

News of the layoffs came as many Americans were growing increasingly concerned that the national economy would be slow to rebound even as states began the process of reopening. Though the Paycheck Protection Program signed into law as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March was geared toward supporting small businesses to protect them from having to make permanent staffing cuts, the program has received heavy criticism from small business owners regarding the efficiency of its qualification process.

The uncertainty surrounding how long the pandemic will continue and the impact it will have on local economies has also impacted unemployment numbers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that nearly 40 million Americans had filed for unemployment since the pandemic began spreading across the United States.

According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, the Trump Organization, which is privately owned by President Donald Trump, was losing approximately $1 million daily after pandemic restrictions cut the company's business revenue. Recent analyses by the president's economic advisers indicate the downward trend of the U.S. economy will continue into the summer as states begin the slow process of reopening.

In Florida, Governor Rick DeSantis said last month he was in "no rush" to reopen the state quickly. While some businesses were able to reopen by early May, Feder said in his letter the reopening timeline for Miami-Dade County was unclear and made it difficult for the organization to make optimistic staffing decisions.

"The reopening plans of Miami-Dade County have no clear timelines, and while certain limited elements of our business have opened or may open, several other elements of our operation will remain closed or limited for some time for these and other reasons out of our control," Feder wrote.