Trump Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws from Consideration

Violet Powell
February 17, 2017

Trump announced Thursday that he has selected Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida University College of Law and potentially the first Hispanic to serve in his cabinet, to replace Puzder as Labor Secretary nominee.

"I think he'll be a tremendous secretary of labor", Trump said of Acosta at an afternoon news conference before launching into an extended attack on the "dishonesty" of the media.

Andrew Pudzer, President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee, has withdrawn his nomination, the Associated Press reports.

He was the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division from 2003-2005, under President George W. Bush.

Acosta clerked for Judge Samuel Alito on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after graduating from Harvard Law School.

Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday after pressure from both Democrats and Republicans. Puzder had been losing support within Senate Republicans, with up to 12 Republican senators thought to be wavering on voting him in.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which is slated to vet his nomination, had not received his testimony for the hearing, according to an aide.

On Feb. 15, Puzder announced that he was dropping himself from consideration for Labor Secretary. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who added he had moved from endorsing the nominee to joining the ranks of GOP senators who weren't committing to vote for Puzder before the scheduled hearing. Puzder said he had employed - and belatedly paid taxes on - a housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

"It is, from our perspective, refreshing to have somebody from our industry in a high position like that that understands the importance of starting jobs, and the importance of getting people skills so they can advance", Lump said.

Puzder, the chief executive for CKE Restaurants, said in a statement that he decided not to continue with the confirmation process.

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