(Adds report on possible names)
WASHINGTON Feb 16 U.S. President Donald Trump
on Thursday will announce his new choice to lead the U.S.
Department of Labor in a move aimed at quickly shoring up his
Cabinet after his original pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew under
Trump is expected to make the announcement at a 12:30 p.m.
(1730 GMT) news conference.
Speaking to reporters at a separate event at the White House
earlier on Thursday, Trump said he was nominating a man to the
post but gave no other details.
Potential candidates include former National Labor Relations
Board members Peter Kirsanow and R. Alexander Acosta, according
to a Bloomberg report.
Joseph Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State
University, and Catherine Templeton, former head of the South
Carolina labor department, were also potential candidates,
Bloomberg reported, citing a White House official.
The official told Bloomberg that Trump had met with Acosta
and Guzman Wednesday night and had planned to meet with
Templeton on Friday.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc,
removed his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns
that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, David Alexander, Robert Iafolla
and Amanda Becker; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by James