Trump presser open thread: NBC reports Acosta new Labor pick; Update

Acosta is a former US attorney in Miami who served on the National Labor Relations Board in the Bush administration and headed the civil rights section in the Department of Justice.

If confirmed by the Senate, Acosta would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's cabinet.

On Thursday, fast food workers with the "Fight for $15" campaign in St. Louis gathered outside a south St. Louis Hardee's restaurant to celebrate the withdrawal of Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder.

According to an anonymous Republican senator who spoke to The Washington Post, Puzder's withdrawal came after at least 12 Republican senators said they were considering not supporting his nomination.

If confirmed, Acosta would be the first Latino to serve in Trump's Cabinet.


Puzder withdrew on the eve of his confirmation hearing because Republicans balked at an array of personal and professional issues.

In the Business Insider interview, Puzder said he was open to automation in his restaurants, especially with the rising cost of employees due to increases in minimum wage. Regardless of who Trump chooses to replace Puzder, it's unlikely the Justice Department will challenge the judge's ruling.

Puzder, a fast food chain CEO, has been at the centre of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. Earlier this week, Senators acknowledged that they viewed video from an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1990, where Fierstein anonymously described the abuse she faced.

During one of his confirmation hearings, Puzder confirmed that he and his wife had employed an undocumented housekeeper for years.

Lisa Fierstein, who divorced Puzder in 1987, retracted claims she made made in the interview about eight months after the appearance, as part of a child custody agreement, Politico reports.

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