A day after the dramatic defeat for one of his cabinet nominees, President Donald Trump named former US attorney Alexander Acosta as his next pick for labor secretary.
Acosta now is dean of Florida International University College of Law.
Trump will announce that he is tapping Acosta at an event the billed as a White House press conference, though it is not certain that Trump will take questions.
President Trump's original nominee for the labor department chief was Andy Puzder who withdrew his name from consideration over a tax issue.
If confirmed, Acosta will be the only Hispanic member of Trump's cabinet. He had later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. He additionally serves as the Chairman of U.S. Century Bank, the largest domestically-owned Hispanic community bank in Florida, according to his faculty biography.
However, it appears that Acosta has actually made a few moves that are overtly honorable, such as defending the rights of Muslim Americans in front of Congress in 2011.
He added, "While I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the president and his highly qualified team".
After scandals involving undocumented workers and domestic abuse allegations sunk Andrew Puzder's nomination for Labor Secretary, President Donald Trump tapped Alexander Acosta for the job.
Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, withdrew Wednesday on the eve of his Senate confirmation hearing. "But, if he continues to appoint mega-rich CEO's who stiff their workers of rightful pay and turn a blind eye to sexual harassment, it won't be the last". His parents, Rene and Delia Acosta, sacrificed themselves to put him through Gulliver Preparatory School in Pinecrest, Fla. and learned Spanish with his grandmother. "They would work out the finances". He has a Harvard University law degree and is a former clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Trump said in his announcement.
Prior to becoming the dean at FIU, Acosta served as the first Hispanic assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department under the George W. Bush administration and was USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida.