Trump chooses Alexander Acosta to replace Puzder for labor secretary nomination

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Donald Trump now has a Hispanic in his cabinet. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to serve as secretary of Department of Labor. Acosta replaces Andrew Puzder who withdrew from consideration, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 15, over concerns that employed an undocumented immigrant in his home, and an over -25-year old accusation of domestic abuse.

In the announcement, President Trump praised his nominee, saying, “He has had a tremendous career. He’s a member and has been a member of the national labor relations board and has been through Senate confirmation three times.” Acosta has an impressive CV, and the Senate for a judgeship attorney general post has already confirmed him. Acosta was also the first Hispanic to serve ever in an attorney general post at the Department of Justice.

According to ABC News, “Acosta is the Chairman of U.S. Century Bank and is the dean of Florida International University Law School…. He has served as the a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida and was an assistant attorney general for the civil rights division at the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush.”

Before nominating Acosta, Trump had the first cabinet without a Hispanic-serving since Republican Ronald Reagan in 1981. In another historical first Trump is the only president to have 11 nominees for cabinet posts not confirmed by the Senate a month into his presidency; Trump has 12 posts confirmed. Senate Democrats have been balking at Trump’s nominees and not all for legitimate reasons, just because of their general opposition to President Trump and his policies.

Source: ABC News Radio Online

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