U.S. labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder withdraws


After working for about a year on the NLRB, he was appointed as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights division.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who was on the Senate commitee considering Puzder's nomination, told reporters on Monday that she was evaluating the domestic violence accusation.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday his plan to nominate Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary, telling assembled reporters on Thursday that Acosta is going to be "a tremendous secretary of labor".

Their inability to support him would have placed the nomination in jeopardy since Republicans have only a 52-48 majority in the Senate.

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The White House declined to comment on the status of Puzder's nomination.

The Oprah appearance resurfaced as Puzder's confirmation hearing approached. "He is a man of great principle, integrity, and courage, and I am confident he will do an excellent job serving our nation".

In an 18 January letter to the Senate committee that had been due to hold Mr Puzder's confirmation hearing, Ms Fierstein said: "Andy is not and was not abusive or violent".

US President Donald Trump defended his presidency and accused the American media of being "out of control" at a White House news conference on Thursday.

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Latinos in America make up more than one-sixth of the USA population. His family also employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, though Puzder said he was unaware she was in the country illegally.

As head of CKE Restaurants (which owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's), Puzder was known to oppose raising the minimum wage and was all for eliminating labor costs by employing robots.

The withdrawal comes after a week of scrutiny of decades-old abuse allegations from Puzder's ex-wife, which she has since retracted.

A senior Capitol Hill source told Fox News that "about a dozen" GOP senators had reservations about Puzder's nomination and were not prepared to vote to confirm him.

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