The restaurant CEO who was President Trump's first nominee for secretary of labor told a conservative radio host that his ultimately unsuccessful bid was undermined by threats against his family and "fake news."

Andrew Puzder, CEO of the franchising company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Restaurants, told Hugh Hewitt that a "tsunami of fake news" help stymie his candidacy to lead the Labor Department.


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“The left is trying to sink as many of the president’s nominees as possible," Puzder told Hewitt, adding that groups from liberal precincts would protest the labor nominee's candidacy, no matter if it were him or not.

"They were going to campaign against me as a means of hurting the president," he said.

Puzder also said he and his wife were subject to "tremendous pressure" from several frightening incidents at his Tennessee home.

A hazardous materials response team was called to his home near Nashville after he discovered an envelope containing white powder that was addressed to his wife.

He also said a doll with a noose affixed to its neck was left at his home, and told Hewitt that his CKE Restaurants' payroll account was hacked.

"Fight for $15 sent ten protesters to our front door when I was sitting here one afternoon," he said.

Puzder said news reports of Trump administration efforts to reduce taxes and regulation give him a "sinking feeling."

"I'm not involved and I would love to be involved in this," he said.


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