Trump’s pick for labour secretary withdraws nomination

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The fast-food boss nominated to serve as labour secretary under US President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn from consideration.

Andrew Puzder, head of CKE — the California-based owner of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr burger chains — said in a statement that he was withdrawing “after careful consideration and discussions with my family”.

Mr Puzder — a longtime campaigner against efforts to raise the minimum wage and the reach of government into business — has faced growing opposition in recent days even among some Republicans, putting his chances of confirmation in jeopardy. He was scheduled to appear before a Senate committee for his confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Mr Puzder added in his statement:

“I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labour and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity. I want to thank President Trump for his nomination. I also thank my family and my many supporters—employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor. While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team.”

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