US President Donald Trump has nominated a right-wing corporate lawyer Eugene Scalia to be his new Secretary of labour on Friday.

Donald Trump posted a tweet that “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labour. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labour field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer but as a lawyer with great experience”.(sic)

“He will be a great member of an administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any administration in history!” Trump added in his tweet-announcement.

Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He is a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm.

The announcement of Scalia’s nomination comes just a week after Acosta resigned after giving a press conference in which he defended his actions as a federal prosecutor a decade ago when he reached a controversial plea agreement with New York mogul Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently arrested and charged with alleged sex trafficking of minors.

Trump’s previous labour secretary, Alexander Acosta resigned last week. Acosta has come under renewed criticism for his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing underage girls.

Acosta, the only Latino in Trump’s presidential Cabinet, took office as Secretary of Labour in April 2017.