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Trump to tap Fast-Food Executive Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Andy Puzder, the outspoken CEO of the fast-food company that owns burger chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, as his secretary of labor, a transition team source told NBC News on Thursday.

Puzder, who heads the California-based CKE Restaurants, has been a strong proponent of rolling back regulations within the restaurant industry. He has also argued against the Affordable Care Act and raising the federal minimum wage, insisting that doing so would diminish job opportunities.

Puzder, 66, has served as a senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. And like his fellow businessman, Puzder hasn't been afraid to offend or take on controversial positions.

In March, he told Business Insider: "They're always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case."

He has also fiercely defended controversial ads for Carl's Jr. that have featured women in bikinis eating burgers in a suggestive manner.

"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American," Puzder told Entrepreneur last year. "I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality."

Puzder frequently praised Trump during the campaign, calling him a "pragmatic centrist."

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