Trump Announces Rick Perry To Lead The Energy Department

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Trump announced Wednesday, he has picked Ricky Perry to lead the Department of Energy.

From Fox News:

President-elect Donald Trump made it official Wednesday, announcing his intent to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy — the agency Perry once famously forgot he wanted to eliminate.

The longest-serving Texas governor was thought to be Trump’s top choice for the secretary job, despite Perry’s tough criticism of the billionaire businessman early in the presidential campaign. In 2015, Perry called Trump’s bid a “cancer on conservatism.”

But as with other prominent GOP critics, Trump and Perry have moved past their disagreements. The two finalized the decision during a meeting Monday evening at Trump Tower.

“As the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy,” Trump said in a press release. “My administration is going to make sure we take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation, and Rick Perry is going to do an amazing job as the leader of that process.”

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to serve as Secretary of Energy by President-elect Trump. I am deeply humbled by his trust in me,” Perry said.

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