Trump Chooses Former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta for Labor

Andrew Puzder Nomination in Peril After Oprah Turns in Footage of Ex-Wife Detailing Spousal Abuse

But the key piece of business he addressed was Acosta's nomination.

Acosta may have an easier time getting through a Senate confirmation hearing than fast food CEO Andrew Puzder.

Senators privately reviewed the tape before Puzder's scheduled hearing.

He also would mark the first Hispanic cabinet member in this administration, joining Ben Carson and Elaine Chao on "Team Diversity" for Trump.

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".

"Congratulations to Dean Acosta for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Labor", said HNBA national president Pedro Torres-Díaz. He also served as a deputy in the division.

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Acosta now is dean of Florida International University College of Law.

The National Review, a conservative publication, cited his failure to pay the related taxes for his housekeeper as a problem that made him unfit for the role of Secretary of Labor.

Bret Baier compared Puzder's withdrawal to the unexpected withdrawal of former Sen. Mr. Trump also defended Michael Flynn, who resigned as the National Security Adviser earlier this week, saying Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in holding pre-inauguration talks with the Russian Ambassador. Those contacts emerged in news reports. Both of these positions required Senate approval - and he got it!

Puzder's withdrawal came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told White House officials that the nominee lacked the votes needed to be confirmed as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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

Politico shared the video of Lisa Fierstein, Puzder's ex-wife, who appeared on Oprah along with other women who alleged they'd been battered by their wealthy or high-profile spouses.

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