Breaking news out of Washington, D.C. Friday morning as Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned his position voluntarily amid how he handled the Jeffrey Epstein prosecution case in 2009.
President Trump told reporters Friday morning that Acosta had decided to step aside. He called Acosta a “great labor secretary, not a good one” and a “tremendous talent.”
“This was him, not me,” Trump said of the resignation decision, as Acosta stood by his side. “I said to Alex, you don’t have to do this.”
“I don’t think it’s right or fair to have this administration’s labor department have Epstein be the focus instead of the incredible economy we have today,” Acosta said. “It would be selfish for me to stay in the position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old.”
Trump said that Patrick Pizzella, currently deputy secretary of labor, will become acting secretary of the department.