Mar-a-Lago closes, other Trump properties cut staff: report
President Trump’s family business has laid off staff at its resorts after they experienced decreased clientele as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The New York Times reported Friday.
The Trump Organization reportedly cut staff from hotels and resorts in New York and Washington, D.C., halted new reservations at a property on the Las Vegas Strip and closed golf courses in Los Angeles and South Florida.
Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, reportedly closed as well.
Earlier this month a delegation from Brazil visited the resort, with the country’s press secretary testing positive for COVID-19 days later.
The company’s actions are not unlike other hotel and resort owners who have seen a decrease in clientele as travel restrictions and now “stay at home” orders are enacted across the country.
The report also comes amid record-high unemployment claims, which could spike to an unprecedented 2.25 million, according to an analysis from Goldman Sachs.
The White House and lawmakers are also mulling stimulus packages which include bailout packages to the hospitality industry. It’s unclear if the Trump Organization will be eligible for part of that package.
The Trump organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.