Trump names fast food exec Andy Puzder as Labor pick

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Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, takes part in a panel discussion titled "Understanding the Post-Recession Consumer" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California  April 30, 2012.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD) - RTR31FMC

Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, takes part in a panel discussion titled “Understanding the Post-Recession Consumer” at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 30, 2012. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is announcing his plans to nominate fast food executive Andy Puzder as his labor secretary.

In a statement, Trump says Puzder will fight to make American workers “safer and more prosperous.” The president-elect also says he expects Puzder to protect small businesses from “unnecessary regulations.”

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and other chains. He says the right government policies “can result in more jobs and better wages for the American worker.”

Puzder’s nomination brings another wealthy businessman into Trump’s Cabinet.

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