WATCH: Perry says he’s had ‘no conversation’ about taking over VA

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Overnight Energy: House panel approves park funding, offshore drilling bills | Green group putting M into races | Perry applauds Russia boosting oil production Perry welcomes efforts by Russia, OPEC to boost oil production MORE shot down talk that he could move to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) if President Trump fires current VA Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVeterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA Mar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans MORE

Asked if he has talked to the White House about making the move, Perry told reporters Wednesday: “Not offered, no conversation about it." 

Following President Trump's abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and his comments that he almost has the Cabinet that he wants in place, speculation has swirled on Capitol Hill over which administration official may be replaced next. 

Multiple news outlets, led by The New York Times, reported Tuesday that President Trump was considering firing Shulkin and moving Perry into the job.

Lawmakers tell The Hill privately that the president seems displeased with Shulkin's performance and he may be the next official to go.