Rick Perry planning to leave Trump administration: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Ernest Moniz Trump issues executive order to protect power grid from attack Why we need to transition, quickly, from fossil fuels to clean energy 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 NielsenHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers The 'accidental director' on the front line of the fight for election security 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.

Updated April 18 at 9:43 a.m.