Trump expected to pick Perry as Energy secretary

Trump expected to pick Perry as Energy secretary
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE is expected to tap former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) as his secretary of Energy, according to multiple reports.

The Associated Press and New York Times also reported the pick of Perry eraly Tuesday.

Perry met with the president-elect Monday at Trump Tower.

If Perry is confirmed, he would lead a 13,000-strong department whose main missions include funding energy research, overseeing the nation's nuclear weapons and regulating energy efficiency.

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During a debate in 2011, when Perry was running in the Republican primary for president, he famously forgot the name of the Department of Energy.

At a primary debate, Perry tried to list three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate. But after listing the departments of Education and Commerce, he stumbled, saying, "The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."

Perry sits on the corporate board of Energy Transfer Partners, which is developing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The former Texas governor also ran against Trump in the Republican primary and was originally critical of the president-elect.

Before leaving the race, he called Trump a "barking carnival act" and characterized his candidacy a "cancer on conservatism."

After dropping his bid, he endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Senate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump MORE (R-Texas). In May though, he vowed to "be open to any way" he could help, adding that he thinks Trump "should be our guy."

- Updated at 10:06 a.m.