Perry Marks Last Day as Energy Secretary

President Donald Trump listens as Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House Monday

President Donald Trump listens as Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House Monday

In a statement posted on social media site Twitter earlier today, Perry described serving in U.S. President Donald Trump's administration as energy secretary as "the honor and privilege of a lifetime". The news came amid the impeachment proceedings launched against Trump by the Democrats as the United States president stated Perry had advised him to contact Ukrainian President Zelensky.

"I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done". He will be replaced by Dan Brouillette, who was backed by the Senate in advance. At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy.

Perry says his departure had nothing to do with his energy work for the administration in Ukraine. He announced his resignation after reports suggested he was behind the controversial 25 July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the centre of the US House's ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Before being a Louisiana state energy regulator, Brouillette was an assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the Energy Department under former President George W. Bush.

Brouillette previously worked as the senior vice president and head of public policy for USAA, a provider of financial services to the military community, and as a vice president of Ford Motor Company.

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