Trump to name FIU Dean Alexander Acosta as labor pick

Trump to name FIU Dean Alexander Acosta as labor pick”

He has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida.

Announcing a new labor nominee less than 24 hours after Puzder called it quits gave Trump an opportunity to shift the focus from Puzder's failed bid and instead blast Senate Democrats for holding up his other Cabinet picks.

Puzder, a food-chain owner, withdrew his nomination facing opposition from some Republican senators, which seemed to have made his confirmation hard.

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Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday amidst wavering support from Republicans and intense scrutiny of his personal life, including a rancorous divorce from more than 25 years ago that included domestic violence allegations, which his ex-wife later retracted.

At least seven Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of the confirmation hearing. "I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity", Puzder said in a statement. Elizabeth Warren said the the withdrawal of Puzder's nomination was "good news for hardworking Americans".

Puzder - the CEO of the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardees - is the first of Trump's cabinet nominees to not be confirmed.

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"I am relieved that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration to be Secretary of Labor". "But, if he continues to appoint mega-rich CEO's who stiff their workers of rightful pay and turn a blind eye to sexual harassment, it won't be the last".

The Oprah appearance resurfaced as Puzder's confirmation hearing approached. In the 1990 episode, wearing an elaborate disguise, Fierstein detailed physical abuse she said Puzder inflicted on her during their marriage. He seems to be the sort of standard-brand conservative that might reassure the Republican senators who ultimately torpedoed Puzder.

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