Puzder is CEO of the CKE restaurant chain, which includes Hardee's and Carl Jr's, and the idea of a fast food boss protecting workers' rights had raised eyebrows from the start.

Puzder's nomination began to come apart on Monday, when reports emerged that at least four Republican senators whose votes were key for confirmation had cold feet.

Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw as President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee as controversy deepens over his personal life and private sector background, according to people familiar with the process.

Mr Puzder is the first of Mr Trump's cabinet picks to fail to secure a nomination. And now, a mere two days after Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned following allegations of Russian involvement, Trump's Labor secretary nominee is facing his own tough battle. On Wednesday morning, Politico reported that during the appearance, Fierstein said that Puzder told her "I will see you in the gutter". Fierstein also said she called the police on him.

Preliminary commentary shared with PLANSPONSOR has suggested there is little reason to think Puzder will back away from his free-market philosophy during the hearings.

The Wyoming Republican said he had not heard from any of his colleagues who wanted Puzder to withdraw and reiterated his support for the fast food CEO. "Puzder should never have even been nominated".

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The collapse of Puzder's nomination comes during one of the toughest periods of Trump's young presidency. She eventually won confirmation after Pence cast his vote to break a 50-50 tie.

"I think he's very exhausted of the abuse", a Puzder source told CBS News Wednesday. Whether asked about wage fairness issues, discrimination in the workplace, the role of union labor, automation, outsourcing or any of the other challenges facing USA workers, Puzder is expected to espouse fairly traditional Republican values.

Some conservatives have also taken issue with Puzder's immigration stance, saying it is at odds with Trump.

Puzder acknowledged early this month that he employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper until learning of the worker's immigration status.

Prior to his withdrawal, multiple news outlets reported Puzder did not have sufficient Republican support to be confirmed in the Senate.


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