Who is Trump's Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta?

Who is Trump's Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta?

Andy Puzder, the fast food chain CEO who was President Donald Trump's pick to run the Labor Department, has withdrawn his nomination.

"We welcome the news that Trump's anti-labor nominee has folded under national pressure and public outcry", Analilia Mejia, executive director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance, said.

While Puzder, Trump's first pick for Labor secretary, was an outspoken outsider, Acosta's name might not be more familiar to most Senate members.

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CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garret said that a source very close to President Donald Trump's Labor Department nominee told him that he expects Puzder to withdraw because, "he's very exhausted of the abuse". He was assistant attorney general for the civil rights division under President George W Bush.

Acosta, 48, a Miami native, serves as dean of Florida International University Law School and was former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. 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.

"I want to thank President Trump for his nomination", Puzder said in an official statement, The Huffington Post reports.

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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. If confirmed, Acosta will be the only Hispanic person in Trump's cabinet. Puzder also admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper, whom he says he let go upon learning of her status.

"Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times", Alexander said. Puzder has denied the charges and Fierstein retracted her accounts in the months after the episode aired.

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