Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump names ex-George W. Bush official as Labor secretary pick

Trump names ex-George W. Bush official as Labor secretary pick

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee that will hold a confirmation hearing on Acosta's nomination, in a statement.

The New York Times reported that the president was planning to ask Stephen A Feinberg, co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, a private investment firm, to conduct the review and stay on for a large role in the intelligence community.

According to Trumka, the trade union organization will fully evaluate Acosta's record in order to ensure that he is committed to "making life better for the working people". Marco Rubio and other Hispanic leaders are enthused about the pick.

Miami native and law school dean R. Alexander Acosta has been chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. Harward also served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Acosta now is dean of Florida International University College of Law. He previously served as USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida and assistant attorney general under George W. Bush. If confirmed, Acosta will be the only Hispanic person in Trump's cabinet.

President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, CEO Andrew Puzder of CKE Restaurants, has withdrawn himself from consideration after mounting controversy over his past and concerns that he would not have the votes for confirmation.

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Puzder was the first Trump Cabinet nominee to withdraw.

The withdrawal comes on the heels of the resignation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, earlier this week.

Joseph Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and Catherine Templeton, former head of the SC labor department, were also potential candidates, Bloomberg reported, citing a White House official.

Ultimately, enough Republicans joined in voicing reservations to put the nomination in jeopardy. "He has an impressive work and academic background".

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.

Puzder has denied he abused his wife.

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