Trump’s Secretary of Labor is expected to resign.
“President Trump said Friday that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier Jeffrey E. Epstein when Mr. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.
Mr. Trump said Mr. Acosta had called him on Friday morning and informed him of his decision to step down. The two men stood side by side on the South Lawn of the White House and spoke to reporters before the president left for travel to Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Mr. Acosta’s resignation brings to four the number of cabinet agencies led by acting secretaries. The department’s deputy secretary, Patrick Pizzella, would assume the role of acting secretary, Mr. Trump said . . .
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought new charges against Mr. Epstein this week, accusing him of child sex trafficking and reviving concerns about the federal government’s handling of accusations against Mr. Epstein more than a decade ago. The new charges also returned attention to Mr. Trump’s previous relationship with Mr. Epstein, whom he described as ‘‘a terrific guy’ in 2002, and provided a new line of attack for some Democratic presidential candidates.”
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