Trump's pick for labour secretary pulls out ahead of confirmation hearing

Today in Trump: February 15, 2017

During the Bush administration, Acosta also worked as an assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Civil Right's Division and as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, NBC News reported. "Mr. Acosta will have to answer tough questions and explain how he will enforce and uphold labor laws to benefit working people and not further tilt the balance of power toward corporate CEOs", Trumka said. Acosta has served in three presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed positions over the course of his career.

And in recent days, a domestic abuse accusation threw Puzder's nomination into turmoil.

Puzder is the first and only of Trump's cabinet nominees to not win confirmation to date.

"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.

Andrew Puzder has removed himself from consideration as USA president Donald Trump's labor secretary, after weeks of growing pressure over domestic violence allegations and his hiring of an undocumented maid.

Then-President-elect Donald Trump walked with Labor Secretary-designate Andy Puzder, on November 19, from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J.

Joining in the right-wing chorus of hesitation about Puzder are the editors at the National Review.

Since 2009, Alexander has been the dean of Florida International University College of Law. It was up in the air if Puzder could secure enough votes to pass through the confirmation process.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - MA), who has been one of Puzder's biggest critics in congress, took a victory lap on Twitter after the news of his withdrawal broke by saying he clearly couldn't "take the heat". While majority Republicans until this week had succeeded in confirming every nominee who came for a final vote, Puzder fell to a relentless series of attacks from Democrats, labor and other groups who opposed him on ideological and personal grounds. Since then, he's faced allegations that he abused his first wife, along with complaints about how workers were treated at CKE's Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants.

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