Puzder withdraws his nomination for labor secretary

Henrietta Brewer
February 17, 2017

Puzder, a food-chain owner, withdrew his nomination facing opposition from some Republican senators, which seemed to have made his confirmation hard. Acosta's three confirmations were for his tours as a member of the NRLB, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and for serving as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

As for his inner circle, Trump is also expected to soon name a new national security adviser following this week's ouster of Michael Flynn, who the White House said had misled Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"Congratulations to Dean Acosta for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Labor", said HNBA national president Pedro Torres-Díaz. While Puzder has become the first Trump nominee to not make it through the confirmation process, this doesn't come as a total surprise.

The choice of Acosta, a traditional Republican conservative, is seen by some as a sign that Trump was forced to give up a more aggressive policy on worker issues.


If confirmed, Acosta, a Cuban-American, would be the first latino member of Trump's cabinet.

Senate Democrats are expected to oppose Puzder's nomination.

Earlier that day, a source close to Puzder disclosed that he was likely to withdraw from his nomination due to stress from defending his past. Puzder said he has fully paid back taxes to the IRS and state of California.

After Breitbart News had told Cornyn that Acosta was the pick, Cornyn said he did not know enough about Acosta to comment.


Latinos in America make up more than one-sixth of the US population.

In a March 1990 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on domestic abuse in wealthy families, a disguised Fierstein said that the executive "vowed revenge" after she leaked spousal abuse allegations to the public.

Puzder, who now serves as CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, has also come under pressure amid revelations he once employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper.


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