Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary is withdrawing

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garret said that a source very close to President Donald Trump's Labor Department nominee told him that he expects Puzder to withdraw because, "he's very exhausted of the abuse".

Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw as President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee as controversy deepens over his personal life and private sector background, according to people familiar with the process.

The move came as support evaporated among Republicans for the former fast-food executive.

Puzder is head of the fast food conglomerate CKE Restaurants Inc. that includes Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.

Puzder was scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a hearing on Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence cast a rare, tie-breaking vote in her favour, however, which ushered her into power.

"Mr. Puzder is a bad choice to head the agency charged with ensuring that women and men are treated fairly in the work place", she said.

Besides the workplace conditions at Puzder's restaurants and his opposition to raising the minimum wage, Murray and others also blasted Puzder's defense of racy television ads featuring bikini-clad women that had been aired by his restaurant company. Puzder, for his part, has denied the allegations. NBC News noted that Puzder's family had hired a housekeeper who was an undocumented worker, although Puzder claimed that he had no knowledge of her status.

"Andrew Puzder's withdrawal as Labor Secretary is a victory for the American worker", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a tweet. In her five-minute interview, she said she had called the cops on her husband, and that he told her "I will see you in the gutter".

Senator Tim Scott of SC, who expressed reservations early on but said that he would be waiting until after the hearing to make a final judgment, said Wednesday morning, "Developing the workforce is most important to me". Critics have also raised concerns about wage issues involving Puzder and CKE employees. Puzder also had a history of sexism and an allegation that he assaulted his ex-wife.

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch said he was uncertain if the reports were true but added, "Obviously, if there aren't the votes there to confirm, there's no sense having a vote". Supporters of Puzder are launching a campaign to defend him after months of criticism from Democrats and labor groups.

  • Elsie Buchanan