President Trump’s nominee for the Department of Labor is expected to withdraw, according to a CBS News report.
CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garret said that a source very close to President Donald Trump’s Labor Department nominee told him that he expects Puzder to withdraw because, “he’s very tired of the abuse.”
News: Source very close to Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder tells me he expects Puzder to withdraw. “He’s very tired of the abuse.”
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) February 15, 2017
Puzder has been the focus of an intense smear campaign by union-backed protesters, Fight for $15 activists and Democrat senators in Washington, D.C.
Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. brands, is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s labor policies and the Fight for $15. (RELATED: Trump To Nominate ‘Fight For $15’ Critic For Labor Sec.)
Leading activists admitted on the call that all of the complaints have been filed against individual franchises, not CKE restaurants. Reporters questioned the activists if it was fair to tie Puzder to complaints that have not actually been filed against him or his company, to which the activists did not have a clear response.
The dishonest tactics employed by those opposed to Trump’s nominee include a flawed survey released by a union-backed group Jan. 10, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
Additional tactics include reports that individuals have been paid to protest Puzder; many at recent protests are even unaware of who Andy Puzder even is. (RELATED: Fight For $15 Activists Paid Actors To Protest Trump’s Labor Pick)
The efforts to block Puzder have reach new lows, with his ex-wife coming out to defend the him over reports of abuse. The release of a video involving an ex-wife with Oprah Winfrey has newly invigorated his critics.
Senate Majority Whip, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, told Michael McAuliff early Tuesday, saying that he expected Puzder to be confirmed.
John Cornyn on labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder: “he’ll be confirmed.” No hesitation.
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 15, 2017
The Fast Food CEO’s committee hearing was rescheduled five times, with its latest date set for Thursday, Feb. 16.
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