Who is R. Alexander Acosta, Trump's labor secretary pick?

"Today's nomination demonstrates that diversity does not come at the expense of highly skilled and experienced candidates for his presidential Cabinet", Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, said in a written statement.

Acosta is Trump's first Latino cabinet nominee.

US President Donald Trump's 27-day-old administration was dealt another setback on Wednesday when Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for the position of labour secretary amid concerns that he would not gain Senate approval.

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

Acosta is the Dean at the Florida International University College of Law.




Andy Puzder, the controversial fast-food executive who dropped his bid to become USA labor secretary on Wednesday, will return to his job running the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

It only would have taken three Republican senators to scupper Puzder's nomination for good. They included five members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, which was scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Puzder on February 16.

The National Review, a conservative publication, cited his failure to pay the related taxes for his housekeeper as a problem that made him unfit for the role of Secretary of Labor.

In addition to the GOP members of the HELP committee, Republican Sens. Multiple Republican senators also pulled their support. He's also under fire for allegations of domestic violence against his ex-wife, who even appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in disguise in 1990 to speak about being abused.

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