Donald Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

by: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company chief executive officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has named his nominee for labor secretary Thursday at a midday news conference, one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration. The nominee is Alexander Acosta.

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A White House official, who was not identified, told Bloomberg Politics on Wednesday that Trump had several people in mind to fill Puzder's place. Among them are former National Labor Relations Board members Peter Kirsanow and R. Alexander Acosta, Michigan State University assistant professor Joseph Guzman and former head of the South Carolina Labor Department Catherine Templeton.

Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., withdrew his nomination Wednesday afternoon after it became clear that he would not get enough congressional support to confirm his nomination, The Associated Press reported.

He was dogged by controversy over his treatment of workers, previous comments about women and his employment of a housekeeper who was not authorized to work in the United States.

Puzder said in a short statement on Twitter that he was "honored to have been considered" for the position.


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