Latest Trump Appointment: Fast-Food CEO Gets Labor Secretary Nod

As the names of appointments to the Trump cabinet continue to roll out, next up would be his pick for Labor Secretary – Andy Puzder.

Puzder, who’s the CEO of CKE Restaurants, met with Trump for the second time on Wednesday. CKE Restaurants is the parent company of burger chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

During Thursday morning’s transition call, Trump aides wouldn’t confirm or deny that Puzder  would be tapped for the position, but said there will “additional Cabinet information” announced later in the day.

Puzder served as an economic adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and has been a vocal opponent of President Obama’s controversial rule expanding overtime pay.

Obama’s overtime insanity called for overtime pay for salaries workers that made less than $47,476 per year. It’s currently a plan that has been put on hold by order of a Texas court.

Puzder argued that the rule adds to the “extensive regulatory maze the Obama Administration has imposed on employers.”

International Franchise Association’s President and CEO Robert Cresanti applauded Trump’s expected nomination, calling Puzder “an exceptional choice” to helm the Labor Department.

There are still quite a few cabinet positions left to fill. Expect most to be named by Christmas, however.


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