Rick Perry planning to leave Trump administration: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? MORE is reportedly planning to leave the Trump administration, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. 

The former Texas governor is reportedly finalizing the terms and timing of his departure, two people familiar with his plans told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reported that Perry's exit is not imminent.

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Perry has reportedly been preparing the agency’s deputy secretary, Dan Brouillette, for the transition. It is unclear whether Trump would tap Brouillette for the position, Bloomberg noted.

Earlier this month, Perry denied reports that he was interested in replacing Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump Citizenship and Immigration Services head out at agency Congressional Hispanic Caucus demands answers on death of migrant children Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for new immigration post MORE as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Perry has served as Energy secretary since being confirmed in 2017.

The White House referred The Hill to the Department of Energy for comment on Perry's plans. Department press secretary Shaylyn Hynes denied the reports of the secretary's planned departure.

“There is no truth that Secretary Perry is departing the Administration any time soon," Hynes told The Hill. "He is happy where he is serving President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE and leading the Department of Energy.”

Updated April 18 at 9:43 a.m.