President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from consideration Wednesday.
As many as 12 Republicans were ready to reject Puzder, and four had already confirmed they would not be voting for him.
Puzder is the CEO of the company that owns the fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Allegations had surfaced against him over the fact that he once employed an illegal alien as a housekeeper.
Oprah had turned over an old videotape when Pzuder’s ex-wife had appeared on her show and made allegations of domestic abuse against him. She later withdrew the allegations.
Puzder said in a statement Wednesday that he was “honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”
“While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team,” he added.
BREAKING: In statement, Andrew Puzder says he’s withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.
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