Trump’s labour secretary Alexander Acosta quits after Jeffrey Epstein case row | US News
US Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta has quit amid criticism of his handling of a plea deal with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
US President Donald Trump announced the news at the White House with Mr Acosta by his side, saying he had been a “great” labour secretary and he had not asked him to step down.
“I hate to see this happen,” Mr Trump added.
Mr Acosta was the US attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein.
The wealthy financier avoided federal charges and served 13 months in jail.
Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Mr Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.
Mr Acosta said his resignation would be effective in seven days and he did not think it was right for his handling of Epstein’s case to distract from his work as secretary of labour.
“My point here today is we have an amazing economy and the focus needs to be on the economy job creation,” he said.