By Godson Ikiebey-

US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday, July 12, 2019 that he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Esptein , who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

President Donald Trump, with Acosta at his side, made the announcement as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio. The president said Acosta had been a ‘‘great’’ labor secretary.

‘‘I hate to see this happen,’’ Trump said. He said he did not ask Acosta to leave the Cabinet.

Acosta said his resignation would be effective in seven days. Acosta said he didn’t think it was right for his handling of Epstein’s case to distract from his work as secretary of labor.

‘‘My point here today is we have an amazing economy and the focus needs to be on the economy job creation,’’ Acosta said.

(The Boston Globe)

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