Trump unveils new labour secretary nominee after first pick withdraws

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US President Donald Trump has nominated law-school dean and former federal labour-relations board member Alexander Acosta to serve as labour secretary, a day after the previous nominee, fast-food boss Andrew Puzder, withdrew from consideration.

Mr Trump announced the pick at a press conference on Thursday, saying he thinks Mr Acosta will be “a tremendous secretary of labour.”

Mr Acosta is a lawyer and dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami. He has previously served on the National Labour Relations Board — an independent government agency that oversees labour relations, including unions — as well as a top federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, and Miami.

Mr Acosta is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has served as a clerk to Samuel Alito back when the now-Supreme Court justice sat on a federal appeals court. He is also Mr Trump’s first Hispanic nominee for a cabinet-level position.

Yesterday, Mr Puzder — head of CKE, the California-based owner of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, and an opponent of efforts to raise the minimum wage and extend the reach of government into business – formally withdrew from consideration, as support for his nomination appeared to wane, even among members of Mr Trump’s own Republican party.

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