Trump's Labor Nominee, Andy Puzder, About To Withdraw

Acosta is Trump's first Latino cabinet nominee.

The CKE Restaurants chief executive has also been criticised for his remarks on women and employees at his employees.

Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were expected to oppose his confirmation in the 52-48-majority Senate.

Under President George W. Bush, Acosta was the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division and also served as USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Unlike Andrew, an anti-abortion lawyer turned CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.'s, Alexander has experience for the job of Labor Secretary.

Puzder, an attorney by trade, said he fully supports the president and his "highly qualified team".

Earlier Wednesday top Republicans urged the White House to pull his name from consideration because he did not have enough votes to win confirmation.

Puzder has not provided details about why he chose to withdraw his nomination for labour secretary. Regardless of who Trump chooses to replace Puzder, it's unlikely the Justice Department will challenge the judge's ruling. He also faced a flurry of complaints and legal cases brought in recent weeks and months by workers against his business and its franchises, putting forward allegations of mistreating his workers, several of whom testified against him last month before the Senate. In a letter to senators obtained by CNN, Fierstein said she regretted accusing Puzder of abuse during a rocky marriage.

Andrew's nomination was killed after he admitted to hiring an undocumented worker as a housekeeper, according to Slate, as the GOP viewed him weak on immigration.

His chances were further damaged when videotape of his ex-wife's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1990 - in which she detailed physical abuse she'd suffered - recently resurfaced. During the episode, the tape of which was made public by Politico, Fierstein said Puzder told her, "I will see you in the gutter".

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