1. Wide of President Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"I think he is a great labor secretary not a good labor secretary. He's done a fantastic job. He's a friend of everybody in the administration. I got a call this morning early from Alex, and I think he did a very good job yesterday, under a lot of pressure. He did a fantastic job. And he explained it. He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they're not happy with it. You'll have to figure all of that out. But the fact is he has been a fantastic secretary of labor, and Alex told me this morning and he wanted to see me, and I actually said, well we have the press right out here so perhaps you just want to say it to the press but I just want to let you know this was him not me because I'm with him."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Alex Acosta, Outgoing Secretary of Labor:
"Thank you Mr. President. Over the last week, I've seen a lot of coverage of the Department of Labor. And what I have not seen is the incredible job creation that we've seen in this economy, more than 5 million jobs. I haven't seen that workplace injuries are down, bucking a three year trend, workplace fatalities are down, bucking a three year trend, that we've had the safest year ever in mining,the lowest number of fatalities ever in mining. I have seen coverage of this case that is over twelve years old, that had input and vetting at multiple levels of Department of Justice. And as I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this administration's Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus, rather than the incredible economy that we have today. And so I called the president this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside. Cabinet positions are temporary trusts. It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that's twelve years old rather than about the amazing economy we have right now. And so I submitted my resignation to the president, effective seven days from today, effective one week from today, earlier this morning."
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