There seems to be a pattern now, every other week Trump seems to be part of a new conflict of interest. Trump is attempting to obtain special visas for foreign workers at his vineyard.
Trump said throughout his campaign how America comes first, yet he’s hiring workers from outside the country. On January 20 he will officially become president, and overlook a United States Department of Labor and then ask to grant sic special H2 visas for foreign workers at the Trump Vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia. The request was filed December 2nd, which was six days prior of Trump announcing his pick to head the Department of Labor.
The application shows that the workers will be working seasonally from January to June while getting paid $10.72 an hour, working 40 hour weeks.
Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder, who was appointed by Trump to head the Department of Labor, will be the one making the final choice of whether or not the visas will be granted. This situation is a classic conflict of interest.
“This is a powerful example of why Donald Trump needs to make a definitive break, not just with his operational interests but his ownership interests, by appointing an independent trustee to liquidate all that,” said Norm Eisen, who worked in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.
Richard Painter, one of George W. Bush’s ethics attorneys, said that Trump would be in clear violation of longstanding conflict of interest policy if he hasn’t fully left his business by the time he is officially inaugurated.
“It’s critically important that [requests such as Trump’s] 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.”