Trump Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws

Puzder issued a statement confirming that he was stepping down, in which he said that he made his decision "after careful considerations and discussions" with his family.

"No matter how you cut it, there is no worse pick for labor secretary than Andrew Puzder, and I'm encouraged my Republican colleagues are starting to agree", the New York Democrat said.

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".

Puzder has caused controversy for remarks on women and people who work for his restaurants, which include Hardee's and Carl's Jr., as well as his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the USA, the Associated Press reported.

"Puzder was an outrageous pick for Labor Secretary and to head an agency responsible for promoting "the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees". 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.

In the Business Insider interview, Puzder said he was open to automation in his restaurants, especially with the rising cost of employees due to increases in minimum wage.

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The withdrawal adds to the chaos surrounding Trump's first three weeks in office.

"I think he's very exhausted of the abuse", the source said.

"This is a win for working families in MI and across the country", she said.

He continued: "I want thank President Trump for his nomination".

Republicans senators reportedly asked the White House not to go through with Puzder's confirmation hearing because they would not feel able to vote for him, United States media reported. HHS said it's following the Trump administration's order to freeze all regulatory actions.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of SC and Johnny Isakson of George had told GOP leaders they will not vote for Puzder, CNN said. Collins, Isakson, Murkowski and Scott sit on the HELP Committee while the others do not - signaling that the concerns about Puzder are widespread.

Then, earlier this month, Puzder admitted to having employed an undocumented immigrant for years.

Mr Puzder's spokesman said the nominee had paid the taxes as soon as he found out he owed them.