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Trump pulls Herman Cain Federal Reserve Board pick, nomination

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Monday he would not formally nominate former Republican presidential candidate and Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain to a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

Cain had been heavily criticized for what many Republicans characterized as a lack of qualifications as well as accusations of sexual misconduct in his past. The controversies, along with dwindling prospects that the Republican-led Senate would even have enough votes to confirm Cain, prompted a withdrawal.

“My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!”

Cain had been accused of sexual harassment during his time as CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which resulted in two settlements.

Following Trump’s announcement that Cain would be nominated to on of the central bank’s top jobs, many Republicans soured on him joining the Federal Reserve in any capacity.

“The allegations that drove him from the presidential race are just so obviously serious,” said North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer. “I’m not talking about his position on interest rates or anything like that, but the sexual harassment stuff. Until it’s better explained I couldn’t vote for him.”

The number of Republicans suggesting they would not vote to confirm Cain quickly grew to the point his nomination would be unlikely to succeed.

Another Trump nominee for the Federal Reserve in hot water is economist Stephen Moore, whose past record has dogged him in recent weeks. But Moore’s nomination is still moving ahead as planned.

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