Trump says he doesn't know about undocumented workers at his clubs

President Donald Trump said Friday he did not know about the dozens of undocumented workers employed at his golf courses over many years because he no longer runs his business.

Trump's eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, have taken over management of the Trump Organization while their father is president.

But groundskeepers, maids and kitchen staff interviewed by The Washington Post in recent months say they worked without legal documents at Trump's clubs long before he entered politics and made illegal immigration his core issue.

Standing outside the White House before departing for his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, reporters asked Trump about his knowledge of undocumented workers employed there and at his other clubs.

"Well, that I don't know. Because I don't run it," Trump said. "But I would say this, probably every club in the United States has that, because it seems to me, from what I understand, a way that people did business."

Then he added, "We've ended, whatever they did" and said the rules are now "very strict."

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The president's remarks were his most extensive on the issue since it was first revealed that his clubs routinely relied on undocumented labor.

The Post has detailed the Trump Organization's reliance on undocumented labor over many years. Immigrant labor helped build some of his golf courses and staffed jobs in housekeeping, maintenance and food preparation well into Trump's presidency. The Post has so far interviewed 40 people who worked for Trump without legal status.

Trump Organization officials have said that these workers used fake documents to get their jobs and that the company fired them once they found out.

The company also adopted E-Verify, the government's voluntary online system for checking if an employee is eligible to work in the United States.

In 2016, Trump told MSNBC host Chris Matthews: "I'm using E-Verify on just about every job . . . I'm using E-Verify, and I'll tell you, it works."

It was not until this year, however, that all of the company's U.S. golf courses began using the system, which allows employers to check the names and personal information of new hires against records held by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

This week, many of the fired employees, some who worked at Trump businesses for more than a decade, sent the president a letter requesting a meeting and urging him to give them a pathway to citizenship.

"You know many of us and will recall how hard we worked for you, your family and your golf clubs," they wrote.

Biden says having a female VP would be 'great'

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says it would be "great" to have a female vice president, but he won't say whether he'd pick Sen. Kamala Harris for the No. 2 spot if he receives his party's nomination.

In an interview aired Friday on CNN, Biden said, "I think it helps having a woman on the ticket." He was asked whether it might be Harris, who confronted him at last week's Democratic presidential debate over his stance on busing in the 1970s. He said he was not going to get into specifics because "I don't even have the nomination."

"I think it'd be great to have a female VP," Biden said. "And if I don't win, it'd be great to have a female president."

Harris surged in polls after the debate confrontation , when she criticized Biden for recently highlighting his decades-old work with segregationist senators and his opposition to public school busing during the 1970s.

The former vice president is leading the pack of more than 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls .

Biden said he was prepared for his 2020 rivals to "come after me" on the debate stage, "but I wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at — she knew Beau, she knows me." Harris grew close to the former vice president's son Beau during their time as state attorneys general. Harris served in California while Beau Biden was serving in Delaware. Harris texted and talked with Beau Biden daily, sometimes more, before his death in 2015 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Biden is considered a moderate at a time in which some in the party, including presidential hopefuls Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are pushing it further left on economic and social issues.

Biden insisted that the "vast majority of Democrats are where I am on issues," and he called the party "center-left."

"Look, it's center-left," he said. "That's where I am. Where it's not is way left."

Utah police say body of slain college student recovered

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The body of a slain college student has been recovered in a Utah canyon about 85 miles away from a backyard in Salt Lake City where other remains were found last week, police said Friday.

The disclosure came in the case involving 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck.

Authorities previously said some of her charred remains and personal belongings were found in a suspect's backyard in Salt Lake City. The body was discovered Wednesday in Logan Canyon, north of the city.

"I spoke with Mackenzie's family this morning. Another devastating call," Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown said. "Despite their grief, we hope this will help them find some closure and justice for Mackenzie."

The canyon is near Utah State University, where 31-year-old suspect Ayoola A. Ajayi sporadically attended classes for several years without earning a degree.

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