Rick Perry planning to leave Trump administration: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryHouse Dems propose billions in extra funding for environmental programs that Trump sought to cut Overnight Energy: States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules | Greens seek hearing over proposed rule on energy efficiency tests | Top Dem asks GAO to investigate climate threat States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules 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 NielsenKobach gave list of demands to White House for 'immigration czar' job: report Trump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report 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 TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China MORE and leading the Department of Energy.”

Updated April 18 at 9:43 a.m.