On Thursday, Donald Trump's business empire finally broke its silence on Mother Jones' investigation of the GOP nominee's modeling agency, Trump Model Management. The story reported that Trump's firm had used foreign models who worked in the United States illegally, and it prompted a request by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) The Trump campaign declined to comment for Mother Jones' story, and Trump Model Management did not respond to numerous calls and emails. But in the first public response to the story from inside Trump's corporate world, Ronald Lieberman, executive vice president for management and development at the Trump Organization, commented on the allegation on Thursday in an article published by Bloomberg BNA. The Trump executive did not deny that foreign Trump models had worked in the United States without proper visas.
A foreign fashion model told Mother Jones she spent about four years working illegally in the United States for Donald Trump's New York modeling agency. Her story adds to the accounts of three other Trump Models, first reported by Mother Jones in August, who described modeling for the GOP nominee's agency while holding tourist visas that did not permit them to work in the United States. Those revelations prompted Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) A visa? What's that?" joked the former Trump model who Mother Jones is calling Jennifer. She requested anonymity because she fears her current work as a model will be affected.
UFC 232 has been moved to Los Angeles after a Jon Jones drug-test abnormality - five days before his fight against Alexander Gustafsson was due to take place in Las Vegas. The United States Anti-Doping Agency says remnants of a banned substance have remained in Jones' system since a positive test on 29 July 2017 that led to a 15-month ban for the American. The UFC says Jones, 31, tested positive for a "very, very small amount" of the metabolite on 9 December but added that it is "not a violation". "This is the residual effect from the July 2017 test. This is not another positive test," said Jeff Novitzky, vice-president of athlete health and performance for UFC.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is calling on federal authorities to investigate Trump Model Management for alleged labor and immigration violations, in the wake of a Mother Jones investigation of the company. Three former Trump models, all non-US citizens, told Mother Jones they worked for the GOP nominee's agency while on tourist visas. Immigration laws require employers to seek work authorization for any foreigner they hire. Financial and immigration records included in a recent lawsuit filed by a fourth former Trump model indicate that she also worked for Trump's agency without a proper visa. "I am extremely concerned by the claims levied against Trump Model Management and ask that you open an investigation into the company's employment practices," Sen. Boxer wrote in a Wednesday letter to León Rodríguez, the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security .
Donald Trump started Trump Models in 1999. One of President Donald Trump's favorite businesses will go the way of Trump Steaks, Trump University, Trump Airlines, and Trump Magazine: his embattled New York modeling firm, Trump Model Management, has officially told its business associates around the world to prepare for its closure, according to an email obtained by Mother Jones. Over the weekend, Corinne Nicolas, president of Trump Models, informed industry colleagues of the pending closure of the 18-year-old agency, in which Trump owns an 85 percent stake (according to his most recent financial disclosure). "The Trump Organization is choosing to exit the modeling industry," Nicolas wrote in the email. "On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organization, the company is choosing to focus on their core businesses in the real estate, golf and hospitality space."