Mitt Romney on Monday praised President Trump's nominee for Labor secretary as a "good man" and urged the Senate to confirm him.
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a tough critic of Trump, said in a statement posted on Facebook that he "cheered" when he first heard Andrew Puzder was nominated to serve as secretary of Labor.
"Andy should be Secretary of Labor. He has run enterprises that employed tens of thousands of American workers," Romney wrote in the Facebook post.
"He knows how hard Americans work, and how much that work means to them and their families. He worked through college and law school while supporting a young family."
Romney said Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has "spoken out for workers."
"Even when it meant speaking against government programs, like Obamacare, that originally intended to help people but had the effect of killing jobs and hurting wages," he said.
"Andy’s beliefs are rooted in a more optimistic time — a time when people believed that business and labor needed each other, that government could and should help both at the same time."
Puzder understands business should be regulated, Romney continued, but in a way that allows them to "create good jobs, grow the economy, increase demand for labor, and increase the wages that workers earn."
"We need that point of view represented in government," Romney said.
"As a friend of Andy’s, I know he is a good man; the kind of man we should welcome into government service. I strongly urge the Senate to confirm him so this courageous, honest and effective man can get to the people’s work."
Puzder is scheduled to get a confirmation hearing this week after multiple delays.
He has come under fire from some lawmakers since his nomination.
He admitted to hiring a housekeeper who was an illegal immigrant, his ex-wife once accused him of domestic violence — an accusation she has since retracted — and groups have attacked the way workers are treated at his restaurants. He is also facing criticism from the right over his stance on immigration enforcement.