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Andy Puzder withdraws nomination for labour secretary

06:07 Yesterday


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

US President Donald Trump’s choice for labour secretary has withdrawn from consideration on the eve of a long-delayed confirmation hearing.

Andrew Puzder lost the support of several Republican senators after he admitted employing an illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper.

The fast-food billionaire had been criticised for his remarks on women and employees at his restaurants.

He was the first Trump cabinet pick to fail to secure a nomination.

The fallout from a rancorous 1980s divorce had also returned to dog him.

It recently emerged that his ex-wife appeared in disguise as a victim of domestic violence in a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, titled High Class Battered Women.

Following their 1987 divorce, Lisa Fierstein had retracted the abuse claims, saying they were a tactic to secure a child custody agreement.



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