Andy Puzder withdraws nomination for labour secretary
05:07 Thu Feb 16, 2017
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US President Donald Trump’s choice for labour secretary has withdrawn from consideration on the eve of a long-delayed confirmation hearing.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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