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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary. In the background is Vice President-elect Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump will reportedly announce Andrew Puzder as labor secretary


President-elect Donald Trump is going to nominate fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor, according to The Washington Post.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr., and is an opponent of raising the minimum wage.

Puzder is the 13th person appointed to Trump's cabinet, and like Trump, he has no experience in government. He is a lawyer by trade and has been running CKE since 2000. He is credited with turning around the company.

Puzder has been outspoken about some the regulations the Labor Department has tried to implement under President Barack Obama. He wrote in Forbes that the Labor Department's proposed rule to increase the number of office managers who are eligible for overtime would turn such salaried positions into hourly positions, and therefore limit the flexibility needed to be a good manager.

He also argued in the Wall Street Journal that increasing the minimum wage would put people out of work and raise the price of goods. 

Puzder, like Trump, is opposed to the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, claiming in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the law is hurting the economy because it "is reducing consumer spending." 

Puzder was an economic advisor to Trump during the campaign. He and his wife supported the campaign financially, together giving $332,000 to support Trump while he was running. 

The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, celebrated Puzder's nomination.

“Andrew Puzder is someone with the real-world experience to understand workforce issues and how jobs are created.” NRF Senior Vice President David French said in a statement. “NRF is committed to long-term investments in workforce development and we look forward to working with him to advance a strong pro-jobs agenda in Washington.”

Some Democrats, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), were unhappy with the nomination.

"American families need a Labor Department that stands up for workers’ wages, retirement security and safety, not one focused on reducing their pay. Andy Puzder has a long record of fighting against the wages of working families," Pelosi said in a statement.

The Trump campaign has not yet confirmed the nomination, but indicated on a press call this morning that more Cabinet level appointments were to be expected today. 

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