Donald Trump is under fire from US ethics officials after it has been exposed that his Trump Winery in Virginia has applied for temporary visas for foreign workers.
The New York Post broke the story this week, saying “Presidential candidate Donald Trump ran on the promise to bring jobs back to the US and called out companies that used foreign workers instead of Americans — but now his son’s Virginia winery is doing just that.”
The Post goes on to rehash some of Trump’s most voter-motivating promises during the campaign season.
During his Republican presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to bring jobs back to the US as part of his “Make America Great Again” rallying cry.
“I’m going to bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam. They are taking our jobs. They are taking our wealth. We have $2.5 trillion offshore. We’re going to bring that money back,” he said during a presidential debate last February.
And just last week, the president-elect tweeted: “My Administration will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN and HIRE AMERICAN!”
But that pledge seems to be at odds with his own actions.
The Washington Post picked up the story and ran with it, pointing out that, even though Trump has handed the winery over to his son Eric, the potential for conflict of interest is staggering. “If Trump won’t divest himself of his businesses, he should make sure that none of his office’s appointees have anything to say about these decisions, said Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School who was chief White House ethics lawyer during 2005-2007 in the George W. Bush administration. ‘It’s critically important that these [types of requests] be handled by career employees in federal agencies who have civil service protections,’ Painter said. ‘Anyone appointed by him should be required to recuse themselves. It’s not required by law, but he should do it anyway.’ “