Proving again that he works fast in a clear determination to get things done and fulfill his campaign promises, President Donald Trump has announced earlier today his new pick for Labor secretary, less than a day since his original nominee withdrew his bid.
President Trump named Alexander Acosta as his new nominee for Labor secretary as his first order of business during his press conference at the White House earlier. Trump also hailed Acosta's career accomplishments and emphatically said he would make for a tremendous secretary of Labor, while at the same time expressing confidence that his new nominee would get through the Senate confirmation process as he had done so in the past.
Acosta is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and is currently the dean of Florida International University's law school. The Republican Acosta served for almost a year at the NLRB from December 2002 to August 2003 where he authored more than 120 opinions.
After his stint with NLRB, Acosta was appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in 2003.
Acosta, a Harvard law graduate, was the first Hispanic U.S. assistant attorney general, and if confirmed he would also become Trump's first Hispanic cabinet member. Trump during the press conference raved over Acosta's impressive work and academic background, while business groups expressed their pleasure with Trump's swiftness in naming a new nominee for an important cabinet post, and his refusal to get derailed with the challenges his first nominee faced at the Senate.
Acosta has responded to his nomination with a statement thanking Trump and his staff for showing confidence in him and expressed his eagerness to work tirelessly on behalf of the American worker.
It is expected that Acosta won't experience rough sailing in his Senate confirmation as he has already served in three past presidential and Senate-confirmed positions, and has gone through the vetting process already.