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Trump Labor Secretary Pick Andrew Puzder Withdraws

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department, withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday. “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 in a statement. CNN reported earlier Wednesday that top Republicans in the Senate urged Trump to withdraw Puzder’s nomination because as many as 12 GOP senators were reportedly not willing to vote for him. Puzder had been criticized by labor rights activists and dogged by allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, which she later said she regretted, and his admission earlier this month that he and his current wife once employed an undocumented immigrant as a part-time housekeeper.

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