Trump picks conservative fast-food mogul as new U.S. secretary of labor
By Charleston Lim
Over the past few days, president-elect Donald J. Trump has been quite busy selecting different people to place under his administration. Among his numerous choices were well-known military commanders, which actually triggered a growing concern amongst the members of Congress and the populace. Now, Trump has once again made a rather controversial pick as he has now announced that a radically conservative fast-food mogul was going to be sitting as country's new secretary of labor.
Trump announced just this week that he had chosen Andrew F. Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., as the new United States secretary of Labor. Puzder's company owns and operates several burger chains including, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's burgers. Puzder himself has also become quite controversial given his outspoken demeanor and stance towards worker protections and cutting back labor regulations.
Puzder is also very similar to Trump's other appointees as he is also a wealthy business who is clearly aiming to change what the previous administration has put in place. Puzder has been a well-known financial donor for the Trump campaign as he likely also has the same conservative agendas as the newly elected president. Trump himself also released a statement explaining to the public his reasoning behind choosing Mr. Puzder.
"Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor," Trump had explained in a statement.
Aside from his loud stance about his conservative agendas, Puzder has also been criticized about his political incorrectness. The recently released video ads for his company's restaurants have received flack for showing scantily clothed women eating their signature burgers.
"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American." Puzder had told a publication when asked about their ads.