Perry conducts fake interview with Russian pranksters

Secretary of Energy Rick PerryRick PerryEnergy secretary questions consensus that humans cause climate change OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE conducted a fake phone call with two Russian pranksters, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. 

Perry believed he was speaking with the Ukrainian prime minister, but was actually talking to Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, or the “Jerky Boys of Russia.”

The Energy Department confirmed to the news outlet that the call occurred. 

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“Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters," Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for the department, told Bloomberg in an email.

"These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine.” 

The two pranksters reportedly presented a new fuel created from manure and alcohol to Perry during the phone call.