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Rick Perry considered for Energy Secretary: report

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is reportedly being considered for a Cabinet position as President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team seeks to solidify its list of candidates.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Perry is now being evaluated for a potential job as Energy Secretary.

{mosads}Alongside Perry, Bill Hagerty, who is the head of a private-equity investment firm and a former chief economic development officer for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, is being considered for U.S. Trade Representative.

Two sources familiar with the discussions told the Journal that Steven Mnuchin and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling are also being considered for the Treasury secretary.

Perry, who also was a Republican candidate for president in 2012, had a famous debate-stage gaffe when he forgot the Department of Energy’s name.
 
During a presidential debate in 2011, Perry forgot the Energy Department as he tried to list the three agencies that he pledged to eliminate as president.
 
“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: commerce, education, and the uh … what’s the third one, there? Let’s see… The third one. I can’t,” he said, adding “Oops.”
 
Trump transition team has been under pressure in recent days to come up with a final list of potential candidates of the new administration. 

Some pundits have argued that the recent uncertainty points to disarray within the team, that has been primarily considering candidates that have shown loyalty to the President-elect.
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