Report: Donald Trump Taps Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump reportedly plans to select former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his energy secretary, according to NBC News.

Perry and Trump met for roughly an hour and a half on Monday at Trump Tower.

The two men sparred during the GOP primary process and Perry described Trump’s campaign as “a cancer on conservatism.”

After Perry suspended his own presidential campaign during the primary, he endorsed fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz. However, once Trump became the GOP nominee, Perry supported him.

Perry, who also ran for president in 2012, had said then he planned to abolish the Department of Energy. Then he famously forgot it during a primary debate in 2011.

“I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education, and — what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry stated at the time. “The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Later during the debate, Perry said he meant to list Energy as the other department.

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