Trump labor secretary pick Andy Puzder withdrawing his nomination

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

"The man I will be announcing for labor is a star, a great person, a great person".

President Trump's embattled pick to become Labor secretary withdrew his nomination Wednesday amid growing concerns that he did not have the votes to win confirmation.

Puzder withdrew his name on Wednesday in the wake of several problems that developed, suggesting that the Trump White House did not do a very complete vetting. His selection at the end of a year ago earned the ire of the Fight for $15 movement, which continues to fight for increases to the federal minimum wage even as executives like Puzder remain steadfastly opposed. "We will schedule a hearing promptly after his nomination papers arrive in the Senate, and I look forward to exploring his views on how American workers can best adjust to the rapidly changing workplace".

Trump labor secretary pick Andy Puzder withdrawing his nomination

More than 30 minutes after the White House said Acosta was the new nominee, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, Majority Whip Sen.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc. which owns fast food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.

While it's often customary for senators to not publicly weigh in on a nominee until after a confirmation hearing, Republicans have been mostly in lock-step to support Trump's top Cabinet nominees.

TVNZ's US Correspondent says Trump is going back on the campaign trail for a 2020 re-election.

Puzder was described as a "sworn foe" of the minimum wage. She mentioned watching Puzder's ex-wife's appearance in disguise on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in the 1980s, during which she spoke about her experiences as a victim of domestic violence.

Acosta is a former federal prosecutor and the dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami.

Puzder denied the allegations, and Fierstein later recanted them.

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