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After Puzder debacle, Trump opts for a more conventional Labor nominee in Alexander Acosta

After Puzder debacle, Trump opts for a more conventional Labor nominee in Alexander Acosta

President Trump said Thursday that he would nominate former Justice Department official R. Alexander Acosta as Labor secretary, opting for a more conventional choice after the withdrawal of his first pick, outspoken Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder.

If confirmed, Acosta would be the only Latino in Trump’s Cabinet.

“I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of Labor,” Trump said in announcing the nomination at a White House news conference.

After the problems faced by Puzder, a flamboyant businessman whose comments on immigration, restaurant automation and other issues inflamed conservatives and liberals, Trump turned to a nominee...

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