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Rick Perry planning to leave Trump administration: report

Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryWhite House advisers preparing to launch nonprofit to promote Trump policies: report Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas The Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake 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 NielsenRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down 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 TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE and leading the Department of Energy.”

Updated April 18 at 9:43 a.m.