- Earlier in the week, Acosta signaled he would not step down in a lengthy press conference, but it appears he's changed his mind.
- Acosta's resignation will go into effect next Friday.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Friday announced he's resigning just two days after a lengthy press conference in which he signaled he would not step down.
Acosta has been facing widespread calls to resign amid backlash over a secret plea deal he orchestrated for financier Jeffrey Epstein roughly a decade ago. Epstein on Saturday night was arrested on accusations of sex trafficking.
Trump appeared with Acosta outside of the White House on Friday to announce his resignation. Trump said Acosta called him this morning and that the resignation is his decision, according to White House pool reports.
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