Chuck Schumer: Trump ‘Could Not Have Picked a Worse Nominee’ for Labor Department
Adding himself to the ever growing list of publicly vocal detractors of President Trump‘s cabinet nominees is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
At a press conference on Thursday, Schumer had particularly harsh words in regards to Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for United States Secretary of Labor and the CEO of CKE Restaurants (the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr). “Everything in his career is antithetical to the goals of the Department of Labor,” Schumer said, maintaining his position that Puzder’s previous business dealings (and the way he conducted them) are counterintuitive to the platform Trump ran on where the working class is concerned.
Schumer went further, getting a dig in at the Trump administration in the process, saying, “They ought to withdraw Mr. Puzder before he further embarrasses this administration and further exposes the hypocrisy of President Trump, who says one thing to the American worker and does another.”
Piggybacking of Schumer’s sentiments came Bernie Sanders (D-VT), throwing his trademark blunt two-cents into the ring.
We don’t need a labor secretary who makes $10 million a year, while his workers are paid starvation wages and live in homeless shelters.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 9, 2017
Given the confirmation of Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions earlier this week — and that Republicans control the chamber — it’s unlikely that Democrats can stop the nomination from being confirmed. (Though they could always make another Elizabeth Warren-style uproar.) Schumer added, though, that while the Democrats may not be able to halt the confirmation entirely their opposition is more about showing the American people who exactly these nominees are.
The confirmation hearing for Puzder is scheduled for February 16, having been rescheduled a number of times, in the fashion of many of Trump’s nominees.
Watch the press conference above, via CNN.
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