July 12, 2019 / 2:00 PM / 5 days ago

Trump says Labor Secretary Acosta resigning

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks about his involvement in a non-prosecution agreement with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has now been charged with sex trafficking in underage girls, during a news conference at the Labor Department in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has tendered his resignation and will be temporarily replaced by Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he believed Acosta had done a good job but the Labor secretary decided he had become a distraction to the administration over how he handled the sexual assault case of financier Jeffrey Epstein as a prosecutor a decade ago.

Reporting by Nandiat Bose; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Bill Trott

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