Three weeks after President Donald Trump tweeted that Eugene Scalia was his choice to be secretary of labor, he reiterated to Newsmax on Friday morning that the former Solicitor of Labor would be appointed to replace former Secretary Alex Acosta.
“Eugene Scalia is a highly respected lawyer in Washington,” Trump told Newsmax outside the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter.
Scalia’s father, he said, “as you know, was the great, great, great Supreme Court Justice [Antonin Scalia]. Even the people with not his views would say he was a great gentleman, a great man.”
Since Trump’s tweet about his choice for secretary of labor, there has been considerable speculation about an all-out assault by Senate Democrats against Scalia.
The nominee, opponents say, has consistently taken the management side in cases involving labor disputes. And, they note, he held the position of solicitor of labor through a recess appointment by President George W. Bush, and did not win Senate confirmation.
Although the president would not tell us when he would submit Scalia’s nomination to the Senate, he did make it clear “he's our appointment for Labor Secretary.”
“I think — so far, it's been received very well,” Trump said, "He is a very — he's one of the finest minds and lawyers in Washington. And I will say, so far, that's been received very well."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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