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Trump backs Labor chief Acosta but says will look at matter amid Epstein case

Trump backs Labor chief Acosta but says will look at matter amid Epstein case

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump backed Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Tuesday but said he would look into how Acosta handled financier Jeffrey…


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump backed Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Tuesday but said he would look into how Acosta handled financier Jeffrey Epstein’s case during his tenure as a U.S. prosecutor in Florida.

“I can tell you that for two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of labor. He’s done a fantastic job,” Trump told reporters at the White House. He said he felt badly for Acosta, whose plea deal with Epstein in 2008 over sexual crimes has now drawn renewed scrutiny.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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