- Dec 12, 2018
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his company's decision to furlough hundreds of employees because of the coronavirus pandemic, after his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida revealed this week it is temporarily laying off 153 workers.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said, “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.”
It isn’t the only Trump resort in Florida to furlough workers. 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, as well as those with ties to other top government officials and members of Congress and their immediate families, from receiving emergency loans and other benefits meant to help businesses retain workers during the virus crisis.
Trump defends decision to furlough Mar-a-Lago employees
President Donald Trump is defending his company’s decision to furlough hundreds of employees because of the coronavirus pandemic, after his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida revealed this week it is temporarily laying off 153 workers