Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration to be Labor Secretary

On Wednesday, Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration to be the Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration.

"After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor.

"I am 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. I want to thank President Trump for his nomination.

"I also thank my family and my many supporters - employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor," Puzder said in a statement.

The decision came as Puzder was losing GOP support. Sources confirmed that at least four Republicans, and possibly up to 12, planned to vote against Puzder.


Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer fanned the flames behind the opposition to Puzder in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"No matter how you cut it, there is no worse pick for labor secretary than Andrew Puzder, and I'm encouraged my Republican colleagues are starting to agree. He does not belong anywhere near the Labor Department, let alone at the head of it.

"Puzder's disdain for the American worker, the very people he would be responsible for protecting, is second to none," Schumer said.

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