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[Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Resigns]
[Reporter:] Source: LYBIO.NET
Mr. President, how do you think your Labor Secretary did?
I think he was a great Labor Secretary. Not a good Labor Secretary. He’s done a fantastic job. He’s a friend of everybody in the Administration. And I got a call this morning early form Alex, and I think he did a very good job yesterday under a lot of pressure. He did a fantastic job, and he explained it.
He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later, they’re not happy with it.
You’ll have to figure all of that out but the fact is he has been a fantastic Secretary of Labor.
And Alex called me this morning, and he wanted to see me. And I actually said, ‘well, we have the press right out here, so perhaps you just want to say it to the press.’
But I just want to let you know this was him not me because I’m with him. He was a – he’s a tremendous talent. He’s a Hispanic man. He went to Harvard, a great student. And in so many ways I just hate what he’s saying now because we’re going to miss him. But please Alex.
[Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta (Rene Alexander Acosta):] Source: LYBIO.NET
Thank you Mr. President. Over the last week, I have seen a lot of coverage of the Department of Labor – and what I have not seen is incredible job creation that we have seen in this economy – more than 5 million jobs – I haven’t seen that workplace injuries are down, bucking a 3 year trend, workplace fatalities are down bucking a three-year trend. That we have had the safest year ever in mining the lowest ever fatalities ever in mining. I have seen coverage of this case that is over 12 years old that had input and vetting at multiple levels of the Department of Justice. And as I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this Administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today. And so I called the President this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside, you know Cabinet positions are temporary trusts – it would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old – rather than about the amazing economy that we have right now and so I submitted my resignation to the President effective 7 days from today – effective 1 week from today earlier this morning.
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