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Alexander Acosta Tapped To Be Labor Secretary

02/16/2017 at 10:19 | Posted by John Shaffer
MIAMI - JUNE 23: Alexander Acosta, U.S. Attorney Southern Florida, speaks to the media at the Florida Federal Justice building June 23, 2006 in Miami, Florida. Acosta spoke about the arrest of seven individuals, staying in a Miami warehouse, who were allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump has named law school dean Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration. Trump said Acosta, who did not appear with the president, “has had a tremendous career.”  He noted that, unlike Andrew Puzder, Acosta has been confirmed by the Senate three times. If confirmed by the Senate, Acosta would become the first Hispanic member of Trump’s Cabinet. He is now dean of the Florida International University law school. Puzder, a fast-food CEO, pulled out yesterday after it became clear he lacked the votes to win Senate confirmation.