Trump nominates Acosta as Labor secretary

President Donald Trump wasted little time in naming R. Alexander Acosta on Thursday as his new Labor secretary nominee to replace Andrew Puzder, who withdrew from the nomination on Wednesday.

Acosta, the only son of Cuban immigrants, is law dean at the public Florida International University in Miami as well as a veteran Republican administrator, serving as assistant attorney feneral for civil rights and U.S. attorney in Miami.

Trump noted in a Thursday afternoon press conference Acosta’s degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School as well as his service as a former clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito of the Supreme Court, adding that he’s had “a tremendous career.”

Acosta, Trump said, “has been through four Senate confirmations. I’ve wished him the best. I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of Labor.”


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