Puzder Withdraws His Nomination as Labor Secretary
His confirmation hearing had been scheduled for Thursday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2017 3:00 PM CST
In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump walks Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, NJ.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary. The fast food executive says in a statement provided to the AP 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." Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., says "while I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team." Puzder's confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday. But some Republicans had raised concerns about his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the US. (And then there was this Oprah tape.)

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