Labor secretary nominee withdraws from confirmation process

Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination after growing concerns from Republican senators.
2:18 | 02/16/17

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After the firing of the national security adviser, a controversial cabinet pick pulling his name. Puzder bowing out after scrutiny involving his ex-wife, on the Oprah Winfrey show talking about domestic abuse. Reporter: Tonight, the first trump cabinet pick to go down. Facing mounting opposition from Republicans. Andrew puzder announced "After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for secretary of labor." The fast food CEO was plagued from the start. Under fire for his personal life. This 1990 tape screened for senators on capitol hill. His ex-wife in disguise on Oprah, describing what she claimed was their abusive marriage. That was the most frightening thing was leaving because once I made that break and once I made it public, and remember, my ex-husband was a public figure. Everyone knew him and knew what he was doing and once I made that public he vowed revenge, he said I will see you in the gutter. Reporter: She later recanted her allegations, and puzder has strongly denied them. Professionally puzder's been accused of disparaging workers once suggesting he prefers robots to human labor saying, "They're always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation." Also taking aim at his own fast food employees. My first memo was no more people behind the counter unless they have all of their teeth. Reporter: Today it became increasingly clear many Republicans were on the fence. Senator Tim Scott of south Carolina tweeting he had "Developed serious concerns" about puzder's nomination. That nomination now dead, and tonight Democrats are celebrating. You fought this pretty hard. Not just a victory for me, a victory for millions of workers and this is the secretary of labor. Labor. Not the secretary of corporate America. Mary Bruce joins us live from capitol hill tonight, and Mary, president trump has a number of unconfirmed cabinet nominees and, the Democrats have their sights on another one of them. Reporter: Democrats are raising concerns about Mick Mulvaney for budget director, but one Republican is opposing. That is up tomorrow. Mary Bruce again with us

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