On Feb. 15, President Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Pudzer withdrew his nomination, securing a victory for Democrats in Congress who actively opposed his candidacy.
In a statement published by CNN, Pudzer explained his reasons for dropping: “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I am 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.”
However, Pudzer, CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, was a controversial pick who attracted opposition from both parties. Democrats complained about his vast financial portfolio and his oppositional stance on raising the minimum wage, while Republicans opposed him due to accusations of spousal abuse and his past employment of an undocumented housekeeper.
South Carolin Senator Tim Scott was one of the many senators who expressed their concern, as he was worried about the discovery that Puzder payed employees in cash in addition to the Pudzer’s comments about some of the American workforce.
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Pudzer’s withdrawal occurred two days after the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Overall, Trump’s cabinet picks have caused chaos in the White House, and have hurt the Republican party as they try to gain traction for the new administration.