WASHINGTON – On his first day in office, President Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Puzder as his labor secretary, handing a key position in his administration to a fast-food magnate whom he’d boasted would save businesses from “the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations.”
But Puzder couldn’t even save himself.
Puzder, who ridiculed his own restaurant employees as “the best of the worst” and said he’d like to replace them with robots, withdrew his nomination less than a month later amid devastating revelations he had once employed an undocumented housekeeper and failed to promptly pay taxes on her.
Puzder was one of the first, but not the last, of Trump’s nominees to fall. The pattern has been repeated again and again and again, with more than five dozen of Trump’s picks for various jobs either withdrawing or seeing their nominations pulled before they were put through the confirmation process in the Senate.