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Trump names FIU Dean Alex Acosta as labor pick

Alexander Acosta

The Associated Press

Alexander Acosta



WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump today named FIU Law Dean Alex Acotsa as his new labor secretary choice after his first pick withdrewin controversy.

Acosta, if confirmed, would be the first Hispanic in Trump's Cabinet.

Acosta has been dean at Florida International University since 2009. He has experience as a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida and served on the National Labor Relations Board.

Trump's move comes a day after the withdraw of his first choice, Andrew Puzder, who came under fire from labor unions and faced allegations of domestic abuse and tax issues.

According to his FIU bio, while Acosta was U.S. attorney, the Southern District "prosecuted a number of high-profile defendants, including Jack Abramoff for fraud, Jose Padilla for terrorism, Charles 'Chuckie' Taylor Jr. for torture, (the first torture case of its kind in the U.S.), and the Cali Cartel founders Miguel and Gilberto Rodriquez-Orejuela for the importation of 200,000 kilos of cocaine, which resulted in a $2.1 billion forfeiture."

Sen. Marco Rubio praised the pick.

"I know Alex Acosta well, and he is a phenomenal choice to lead the Department of Labor," Rubio said. "Whether it was his distinguished service as U.S. attorney in Florida’s Southern District or as dean of Florida International University’s school of law, Alex has succeeded in all endeavors he has taken on, and managing the Department of Labor will be no different. I look forward to his confirmation hearing, where I’m confident he will impress my colleagues and secure the support necessary to be the next secretary of labor.”

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:21pm]


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