Trump to name ex-Texas governor Rick Perry as energy secretary: US media

Rick Perry smiles after a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, on December 12, 2016Rick Perry, the former governor of oil-rich Texas who once vowed to eradicate the Energy Department if elected president, is Donald Trump’s pick for energy secretary, US media reported. The Texas native, who participated in the Republican primary but was crushed by President-elect Trump early on, was seen Monday afternoon entering and exiting Trump Tower in Manhattan. Perry once assailed Trump as a “cancer on conservatism” and threw his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz after dropping out of the race in September 2015, but he has long been rumored to be one of Trump’s main contenders for the energy post.

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