Trump Considering Business Man With a History of Domestic Abuse for Top Position
Spotted at the White House recently: Andy Puzder, Trump’s first pick for labor secretary, who dropped out of the confirmation process in February amid allegations of domestic abuse.
Now the White House is considering Puzder for a yet-to-be-determined slot in the administration, according to three people close to the White House.
It’s not clear what role Puzder could take, these people said, though it would have to be a non-Senate-confirmed slot given his withdrawal as labor secretary. Puzder, who denied the abuse allegations made by his ex-wife in a 1990 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” also acknowledged employing an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper.
But Puzder, the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants — the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s — is generally well-liked inside the West Wing and has maintained a strong relationship with the president, forged through their shared experiences as businessmen.
As senior advisers and policy experts announce their departures from the administration at the one-year mark, the White House is casting a wide net for replacements. Given Trump’s non-traditional 2016 presidential campaign, the turmoil in the early days of the administration, and the ongoing Russia investigation, the White House has had a tough time attracting Republican leaders and policy experts into key slots.
In an administration where only one relationship matters — one’s bond with the Trump — Puzder is seen as well-positioned to land a role.