Trump Announces Deputy Energy Sec. as Rick Perry’s Replacement

Rick Perry tells Trump he's resigning as energy secretary: reports

U.S. Energy Secretary Perry has told Trump he will step down -source

Energy Secretary Rick Perry notified President Donald Trump on Thursday that he'll leave the post this year.

"There was no quid pro quo in the sense of what those folks out there would like for it to be: We're [not] going to give you this money unless you go investigate Joe Biden and his son", Perry said in a Fox News interview.

When asked if he thought it was odd when President Donald Trump instructed him to talk to Giuliani about a potential meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Perry shrugged.

As of late, Perry has been making headline news after it surfaced that he was the official who urged Trump to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the now infamous July 25 call, which is at the center of the US House's ongoing impeachment inquiry. Perry plans to leave before the end of the year, although it's unclear exactly when.

"I don't know of a single issue where he differs from the president", McMonigle said.

For months, Perry has been clearing the way for his likely successor, Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Perry has said previously that he planned to cooperate with the congressional requests.

".@SecretaryPerry is a good man & good friend who has devoted his life to serving his country & the great state of Texas".

Perry has been referred to by some of his colleagues as one of the "three amigos" of the administration's policy in Ukraine.

Brouillette, 57, has taken on increasing responsibilities at the Energy Department in recent months as Perry signalled he would resign.

Perry said he's happy with the goals he's accomplished in his time at the Energy Department, including pushing for more American natural gas in Europe and for Ukraine to tackle corruption in the country.

Perry faces a Friday deadline to comply with a House subpoena regarding information about Ukraine.

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