Labor Sec. Alexander Acosta’s ‘Abusive’ Chief Of Staff To Be Fired

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta testifies during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Labor Budget for Fiscal Year 2020, on Capitol Hill on April 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Pho... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta testifies during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Labor Budget for Fiscal Year 2020, on Capitol Hill on April 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 14, 2019 6:53 p.m.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff is getting the axe after DOL staffers complained about his behavior, according to Tuesday reports from Axios and Politico.

A White House investigation found that Acosta’s top aide, Nick Geale, had created a difficult work environment in the department. Ex-Trump administration officials tell Politico that Geale was prone to screaming fits of rage and “goes completely loony.”

“Nick came into my office screaming and yelling and throwing papers on my desk,” one former official said. “He’s abusive, he’s abrasive, he tries to be intimidating, he’s condescending.”

According to the official, Acosta didn’t do anything to stop Geale’s behavior.

However, it seems like it wasn’t just Geale’s temper that got him fired. According to Axios, the White House felt that he didn’t push hard enough for deregulation and union crackdowns.

Geale is set to leave on May 31, Axios reports.

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