Puzder withdraws nomination due to lack of Senate support

Trumka: The Senate Should Vote 'No' on Andrew Puzder

Trumka: The Senate Should Vote 'No' on Andrew Puzder

Fast food executive Andrew F. Puzder on Wednesday withdrew his candidacy to become President Donald Trump's labor secretary.

Top Senate Republicans are urging the White House to withdraw the nomination of Andrew Puzder for labor secretary because he doesn't have enough votes to win confirmation.

In a sstatement, Pudzer said he was "honoured to have been considered by President Donald Trump" to head up the Labor Department.

The withdrawal adds to the chaos surrounding Trump's first three weeks in office.

Puzder's demise comes at a low point for the Trump administration, which appears to be in a state of chaos after Michael Flynn, the president's national security adviser, resigned amid reports that he spoke with a Russian diplomat about US foreign policy before Trump was sworn in. Puzder has denied the charges and Fierstein retracted her accounts in the months after the episode aired.

"When you call your workers the 'the worst of the worst, ' that's no way to earn or command respect", said Perez. It had been scheduled for Thursday (16 February), with Puzder tweeting that he was "looking forward to my hearing".

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The Wyoming Republican said he had not heard from any of his colleagues who wanted Puzder to withdraw and reiterated his support for the fast food CEO. His decision follows days of criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

Puzder already came to the confirmation process facing defections from Senate Republicans for embracing pro-immigrant position in the past, with Breitbart accusing him of preferring foreign-born workers to Americans. A representative for Puzder and Fierstein says that the two remain friends; she even wrote a letter in support of his nomination.

"I gave more than 20 years of my life to CKE, and Mr. Puzder took a company that I loved and turned it into a business that makes money by stealing from its workers", Laura McDonald, a former Carl's Jr. general manager, said in a recent forum hosted by Senate Democrats. A spokesman for CKE Restaurants said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Puzder was less a Labor Secretary nominee and more a caricature of what a ridiculous cabinet selection looks like. Some conservatives, likewise, had questioned his pro-immigration stance.

Four GOP senators have expressed reservations about Puzder's nomination, and no Dems are expected to give him a nod, the political web site reports. In a statement, Puzder said that he ended her employment after he learned of her immigration status, and that he "offered her assistance in getting legal status", which she reportedly declined.

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