The latest: President Trump took questions on a number of topics, including immigration and Democratic leaders, after announcing that Alex Acosta has resigned as Secretary of Labor.
Trump defends Acosta: The President said the resignation was Acosta’s decision, not his, “because I’m with him.”
Acosta’s timing: This resignation comes after Acosta convened a news conference defending himself against accusations of prosecutorial malfeasance in the Jeffrey Epstein case.
President Trump announced Alex Acosta’s resignation as secretary of labor from the White House lawn — but the conversation quickly turned to a number of unrelated topics.
Here’s how it unfolded: President Trump, standing next to Acosta, announced that the labor secretary was stepping down. He insisted it was Acosta’s decision — saying, “I just want to let you know, this was him, not me, because I’m with him” — before Acosta spoke.
Acosta addressed the renewed scrutiny over his previous handling of a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein (you can read more about that here), saying he wanted to step down so the controversy doesn’t become the focus of the Labor Department.
Then, Trump took questions from reporters — and they asked him about a lot of things not related to Acosta.